When someone gets a bloop single or a broken bat hit, they’ll often say “it looks like a line drive in the box score.” Does the same apply when your first major-league hit came off Scott Kingery lobbing pitches over the plate?
Thursday, in the midst of the Mets' 20-run victory, the Phillies used position players to record the final nine outs of the game. Roman Quinn pitched first and regularly registered in the upper 70s with his offerings, but Kingery on the other hand …
Scott Kingery testing the limits of how soft you can throw a pitch and still put it in the strike zone. pic.twitter.com/PLHeHrT8JZ— Ben Harris (@byBenHarris) August 16, 2018
In the eighth inning, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was called on to hit for just the fourth time in his 12-year MLB career and he delivered with an RBI single off the soft-tossing rookie infielder.
After the game, Blevins took to social media to make a joke about his first hit.
Thanks to all who has reached out and said congratulations. I can’t wait to tell my grandkids I got a hit off of Clayton Kershaw.— Jerry Blevins (@jerryblevins) August 17, 2018
Mets fans had some fun with the moment, too.
I know I'll never forget it pic.twitter.com/O0Uwmbtclu— Roger Cormier (@yayroger) August 17, 2018
While Dodgers fans, just didn’t get it.
The Phillies went on to win the second game of the twin bill, aided by a solo home run from Kingery. The Phils also gained a half-game on the Atlanta Braves in the standings, so we can have a laugh at this one.
Congratulations, Jerry, it’s a line drive off Kershaw in the box score.