Watch in awe as Giancarlo Stanton goes down swinging against ... infielder Matt Davidson
Quality pitching was hard to come by Monday for the White Sox, who lost to the Yankees, 7-0. In the ninth inning, manager Rick Renteria found a reprieve from a fascinating source -- infielder
The choice wasn't as strange as it would seem on the surface. Monday was actually Davidson's third game on the mound in 2018, and the experience showed. He kept his ERA at 0.00 with a scoreless inning and made the fans cheer by striking out -- of all hitters -- defending National League MVP
That's not your everyday hook from a position player pitching.
Stanton couldn't hold up on Davidson's 71.4-mph curveball in the dirt, and he could barely hold back a wry smile as he returned to the Yankees' dugout:
Nobody's perfect, Giancarlo. Davidson had a strategy, anyway. "Just wanted to get ahead and get in a good count to throw that pitch multiple times like I did," he said to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. "Luckily, he didn't hit that hanging one 800 feet. I got away with that one."
Taking the mound has been a dream for Davidson, who pitched in high school showcases alongside Yankees outfielder
Davidson also made a fun fact for himself by doing something that had only been matched by one other player in the history of the American League:
15+ Home Runs & 3 pitching appearances in a season— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 7, 2018
American League history
2018 Matt Davidson 16 HR, 3 pitching appearances
1919 Babe Ruth 29 HR, 17 pitching appearances
2018 Shohei Ohtani is close (11 HR, 9 pitching appearances)
You read that right.
Step aside, Babe. Make room for Matt Davidson.
Hear more from Davidson on his eventful outing in the clip below.