Oakland A's relief pitcher Pat Venditte didn't pitch long im his major league debut Friday night at Boston's Fenway Park, when the A's faced the Red Sox, but he certainly made an impression.
Venditte, who is ambidextrous, came into the seventh inning and pitched left-handed when he faced Brock Holt, The Associated Press reports. After Holt grounded out, Venditte put his specially made glove on his left hand and pitched righty to batter Hanley Ramirez.
After Ramirez singled, Venditte continued to pitch with his right arm to Mike Napoli, who grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
Venditte pitched two innings, allowing a hit and striking out one batter.
With his appearance, Venditte became the first pitcher in almost 20 years to throw both lefty and righty, since the Montreal Expos' Greg Harris performed that feat.
Venditte was recently called up to the majors Friday from Triple A Nashville. According to Baseball Reference, Venditte spent eight seasons in the minors with a record of 18 wins, 22 losses, and 52 saves.
"Whatever attention comes with it is fine, but we're here to win games," he said. "It doesn't matter if I'm pitching with both hands or one. It's one effort."
The Red Sox won the game 4-2.
Earlier in the second inning,a female spectator was struck in the head by a bat and suffered life-threatening injuries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.