Watch Kendall Graveman turn a highly unusual and incredible unassisted double play
Unassisted double plays happen a fair amount in baseball. Mostly, if it doesn't involve Jake Marisnick , they're turned by infielders.
But unassisted double plays by a pitcher? Much more rare. Mostly because he's standing on a mound, far away from any bases. The ground ball or line drive or baserunner would have to line up together in a play that was perfect and, frankly, bizarre. The pitcher would have to be smart and super athletic. The pitcher would have to be Kendall Graveman during Thursday night's A's-Angels game.
Yes, after fielding a grounder from Juan Graterol, the A's starter got Ben Revere caught in a rundown, tagged him out, then leap-frogged Revere to tag out Cliff Pennington. Graveman basically shut down an Angels' fifth-inning rally all by himself. Manager Bob Melvin talked to MLB.com's Jane Lee about the play postgame:
Per Elias, the last time a pitcher pulled off a double play of the unassisted variety was, surprisingly, Luis Perdomo last season. His was of the more natural line-drive up the middle variety.The last A's hurler do it? Blue Moon Odom during a game against the California Angels in 1971. Ironically, Odom was in attendance on Thursday. They should take a picture together.
Graveman's unassisted double play is first by an A's pitcher since Blue Moon Odom on July 11, 1971. And Odom happens to be here tonight.- Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) April 28, 2017
And as to what was he thinking during the actual play:
Unfortunately, Graveman's effort wasn't enough as the Angels won, 2-1.