Entering the San Diego Padres’ game Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, former Missouri star Ian Kinsler had accomplished quite a bit in his 14-year major-league career.
Kinsler has been to four All-Star Games, won a pair of Gold Gloves and was part of a World Series championship team.
On Monday, Kinsler picked up the 1,999th hit of his career when he hit a two-run home run (the 257th in the majors). Unfortunately, it came in the ninth inning of a blowout, and the Padres lost 10-4.
In the game, Kinsler added to his Baseball-Reference page by pitching in the top of the ninth inning. It was the first time he’d taken the mound, and he somehow managed to avoid allowing a run despite giving up four base runners.
That’s not an easy way to throw a scoreless inning.
Kinsler hit the first batter he faced and gave up a single, but the Padres turned a double play behind him on a ball that had an exit velocity of 103 mph off Guillermo Heredia’s bat. Kinsler then walked two batters to load the bases. But Avisail Garcia hit a liner to third baseman Manny Machado to end the inning.
Kinsler’s velocity was in the upper 70s and lower 80s.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking at first, honestly,” Kinsler told the Padres website. “My arm’s going to be in pain probably for the next couple days. But it was a lot of fun.
“It was entertaining to say the least.”
Kinsler, 37, has a 3.00 WHIP, a 12.22 FIP and, most importantly, a 0.00 ERA. Here is how he fared: