Snider enters game for different reason: to pitch
Pirates outfielder pitches in ninth inning and fans Votto
PITTSBURGH -- With Gregory Polanco having replaced him in right field, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider found something else to do Wednesday night.
Of course, putting a position player on the mound is a sure sign your team is having a bad day. The Pirates were having that against Cincinnati, as well as a long day, extended by a lengthy rain delay.
So it's not all fun and games. Still, Snider got a kick out of his first professional pitching appearance -- especially the part when he struck out none other than Joey Votto for the final out of the ninth inning of the Pirates' 11-4 loss to the Reds.
Prior to that, the Reds did nick him for two runs, on a pair of walks and a double by Billy Hamilton, extending their lead over the Bucs to 11-3. If interested, Snider left the mound with a career ERA of 18.00.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.