Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen joined the fraternity of pitchers that hit pinch-hit home runs
We may only be in the first week of the season, but we've already seen plenty of pitchers-hitting-home-run history. First,
On Thursday, Reds reliever
Not only was it Lorenzen's second Major League home run in only his last three at-bats (he hit an emotional home run as a reliever after being activated from the bereavement list last year), but it was the first pinch-hit home run by a pitcher since Micah Owings pulled it off in 2009.
Of course, if we decided to count Spring Training stats, the wait wouldn't be quite so long.
That the wait has been so long is somewhat surprising.
Though it's a small sample, the three active pitchers with the most home runs (Bumgarner, Wood and
Thanks to his dinger, Lorenzen is already a fourth of the way to the pitchers-as-pinch-hitters home run record. That's right -- while Red Lucas holds the record for most pinch-hits by a pitcher with a whopping 114, White Sox and Red Sox pitcher Gary Peters holds the all-time record with four home runs.
So if you needed a reason to get excited every time the Reds call for a pinch-hitter, well, there's your rooting interest.