WATCH: Cardinals back up catcher takes mound, records strikeout

  • David Whitlock

In a scene similar to backyard baseball or batting practice, the St. Louis Cardinals sent their reserve catcher Rob Johnson to the mound with 2 outs in the 9th inning to preserve a depleted bullpen for another day.  Holding a 13-4 lead, the Dodgers didn’t bother pinch hitting for relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez, preferring he stay in for his first career at bat, then gobble up the ninth inning so they could head to the clubhouse.  Johnson didn’t take the role lightly as he attacked the strike zone and sent Rodriguez back shaking his head (courtesy of MLB.com):

It was Johnson’s second career mound appearance (first was last year with the Mets) and the second one in which he did not allow a run.  He featured 90 MPH heat (or was it a cut slider) with movement in on the left hand batter.  If the 31-year-old Johnson finds himself languishing in AAA (career .202 hitter) in a year or two, he might consider specialty relief as a second ticket to the show!  His career pitching numbers so far are 1.1 innings, 2 K’s (13.5 K/9), nary a baserunner.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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