WATCH: 'Baby Shark' is not a good pitcher

Ben Krimmel
August 04, 2019 - 2:14 pm
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The Washington Nationals added three relief pitchers before the July 31 trade deadline. But by August 3, they were using infielders in the 8th inning. 

After Stephen Strasburg struggled through four 2/3 innings allowing nine earned runs on nine hits while recording seven strikeouts, the Nats were behind the eight ball. And in a move to save bullpen arms (even the newly acquired ones) in a game that was beyond their reach, manager Davey Martinez turned to Gerardo Parra to face Arizona in the home half of the 8th inning down 11-4.

Despite Parra lighting up the radar gun with a 91 MPH fastball on his two pitches, it was not a successful outing. He walked the first three batters he faced, before allowing a single and one more walk before Martinez had seen enough of the "Baby Shark" pitching experiment.

“I tried, I tried,” Parra said after the game. "I’m happy I got back to the mound. It didn’t go like I wanted, but I’m still happy. First time in the big leagues. So this is big for me.”

With the Nats down 13-4, Brian Dozier was brought in, not from the bullpen, but second base. The Nats shuffled the infield around like it was musical chairs: Parra went from the mound to third base and Anthony Rendon went to second. The Nationals were going with a left-handed third basemen, a bold strategy.

On Dozier's third pitch, Jarrod Dyson smashed a ground-rule double off first baseman Matt Adams to score two more runs and Rendon went back to third and Parra moved to second.

Overall, Dozier was slightly more successful than Parra, he retired three batters to mercifully end the scoring, but not before allowing four more runs to score. The worst moment (or best moment?) was when a smiling Eduardo Escobar smashed a three-run homer. 

This was the first time in franchise history two position players have pitched in the same game for Washington. And it was not an effective strategy for the Nationals, who despite scoring three in the top of the 9th on a Rendon three-run homer, fell 18-7 in Arizona.

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