Miami Marlins pitcher Richard Bleier was on the wrong side of history on Tuesday night.
Bleier's inning started off strong, as he retired the first two batters before allowing a single to Jeff McNeil. Then, with slugger Pete Alonso at the dish, Bleier balked three times as McNeil was able to circle the bases and score. In the first 295.1 innings of his big league career, the 35-year-old had never committed a balk.
Here's how it unfolded:
Bleier was just the seventh pitcher to commit three balks in the same inning, but the first ever to do it all in one at-bat, according to Elias.
After balking in McNeil, Marlins manager Don Mattingly went out to argue and was quickly ejected. Bleier got Alonso to ground out to end the eighth inning, but he was ejected after yelling at the umpires while leaving the field.
Ultimately there was no harm done, as the Marlins held on to beat the Mets 6-4. When Bleier retires, he'll be able to look back and laugh at this peculiar moment.