Inglett pitches 1-2-3 ninth for Brewers
MILWAUKEE — Ken Macha does not like to use position players as pitchers. A week ago, Macha went so far as to call it “embarrassing.”
Yet, with the Brewers trailing the Reds, 12-4, on Tuesday, Macha asked utility man Joe Inglett to pitch the ninth.
“It’s really the first time I’ve ever used a position player, even when I managed in the Minor Leagues,” Macha said. “It was interesting. He was throwing 51 and got them out.”
Inglett was effective, retiring the top of the Reds lineup in order. Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto had combined to go 11-for-15 before facing Inglett, driving in four runs with seven runs scored.
Against Inglett, the top of the Reds’ order managed just a popup to third, a groundout to second base and a long fly out to center field.
“One, two, three. That’s all I can say,” right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo said of Inglett. “I was pretty impressed. For him to go in there and get three outs, he made it seem easy.”
Inglett touched 56 on the radar gun once, with his average pitch speed being 54.
While the pitches registered as knuckleballs on the pitch tracker, catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Inglett was just throwing the ball to the glove.
“I put down fastball, but it wasn’t fast,” Lucroy said. “It’s just flipping them in there. That’s all it is. Just trying to save our pitching staff for tomorrow.”
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter