That headline is not messing with your head. Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen was forced to play right field late in Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This is primarily due to the Yasiel Puig trade being made official earlier in the day. With some on-field moves in a close affair against Pittsburgh, Reds manager David Bell was forced to play Lorenzen in right field.
The reliever did not disappoint. Up 4-1 in the ninth inning, Cincinnati saw Pittsburgh veteran Melky Cabrera line the ball to right field. His response? An absolutely brilliant catch to preserve the three-run lead.
You just can’t make this up. Even the Reds’ announcers were clearly upset that the ball found Lorenzen in right.
We can honestly say that this is among the rarest plays that the Major League Baseball world has seen this season. Just great stuff.