A game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians of the Major League Baseball (MLB) held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on the 5th (Korean time). After a hard-fought battle in which both teams exchanged 33 hits, Minnesota won by a score of 20-6. 

A rare record was also recorded in this game. 

Infielder David Frye, who made his big league debut this year, took the mound and pitched 4 innings. It has been 35 years since Jose Orkend (65) in 1988 that a fielder pitched more than 4 innings in a game. 

Cleveland’s starting pitcher that day was Lucas Giolito, who was recently transferred from the LA Angels on waivers. As it becomes difficult for the Angels to advance into fall baseball, they are trying to avoid the luxury tax by sending out high-value players. 바카라

Giolito collapsed in his first appearance after moving to Cleveland, allowing 9 hits (3 home runs), 3 walks, and 9 runs in 3 innings. The second pitcher, Sam Henges, pitched an inning without allowing any runs starting from the 4th inning, but the third pitcher, Enyel de los Santos, who pitched in the 5th inning, performed poorly, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs in one inning. 

Then, Cleveland manager Terry Francona put Fry on the mound starting in the 6th inning. Frye, an infielder who was selected 215th overall in the 7th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018, debuted in the big leagues in May of this year and had a batting average of 250 (21 hits in 84 at-bats) with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs. 

Fry also debuted as a pitcher in a game against the Chicago Cubs on July 1, recording no hits and no runs in one inning. At that time, Cleveland lost 1-10. In MLB, when the score difference is large, fielders often take the mound in order to provide fan service and reduce the consumption of pitching power. 

Fry struggled in his second big league appearance on the 5th. He allowed 10 hits, 1 walk, and 7 runs over 4 innings. He also lost three home runs. However, Manager Francona did not budge and left him on the mound until the top of the 9th inning. In his first appearance in July, he threw 13 pitches, but the number of pitches on the day was 64 (41 strikes). MLB.com introduced it as “the highest number of pitches recorded by a Cleveland fielder in one game since right fielder Milt Gallacher on August 26, 1936.”

What’s even more surprising is the restraint. Fry’s top speed on this day was less than 60 mph (96 km). Frye was the first player in MLB history to throw more than 30 pitches below 60 mph in one game. His average velocity was in the mid-50s.   

Fry did not do a windup and threw it lightly as if he was throwing a batting ball. He didn’t lose his smile as he came down the mound in the top of the 9th inning with the final out count. Infielder Frye’s career ERA soared from 0.00 to 12.60. 

Coach Francona said after the game, “Fry worked really hard. I’m glad he wasn’t hurt. If we win tomorrow’s game, it will be thanks to Fry taking charge of the mound until the end.”  

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