Fresh off battling the A's from the bench in a Saturday rain-delay standoff, Nick Pivetta was ready to actually play some baseball on Monday night against the Dodgers. He just didn't expect to also have to literally take on a baseball.
After the Dodgers began the game with back-to-back homers that included Chris Taylor's inside-the-parker, Pivetta shut out their potent lineup during the remainder of his six innings, fanning eight batters in the process. With two outs in the top of the sixth and 102 pitches behind him, Pivetta faced Austin Barnes in what was to be his final batter of the game.
Barnes did his best to extend the at-bat, though -- he hit Pivetta's first pitch right on the nose ...
... but right into Pivetta's jersey, of all places.
Pivetta could only throw the ball behind him in amusement after ending the inning in such a bizarre manner. However, it was a timely play -- the Phillies were losing 2-0 at the time, but after Pivetta's catch, Aaron Altherr hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to put them ahead. They went on to win, 4-3, and Pivetta earned the win.
It was a much better fate than, say, what happened to the A's Jarrod Parker on Sept. 21, 2012. He lost an Ichiro comebacker in his jersey, and because it was hit on the ground, it was a single.
Yeah, Pivetta will definitely take the out and the win, instead.