The switch-pitcher’s debut

It’s been nearly two years since I first wrote about Pat Venditte, who at the time was a switch-pitcher in the Yankees organization.  Last night, Venditte made his Major League debut with the Oakland A’s, as they faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

How did he do?  The first full-time switch-pitcher of the modern era threw two scoreless innings, beginning the seventh pitching with his left arm to get Brock Holt to ground out, then coaxing a double-play ball out of Mike Napoli throwing with his right.  He only faced three in the eighth inning, though switch-hitter Blake Swihart did give him a momentary crisis of “which side should I pitch from?”

That’s not a bad conundrum to have, in the grand scheme of things.  To be a young pitcher making history in this manner, and having the opportunity to do it at Fenway?  Can’t complain about that!

Switch-hitter vs. switch-pitcher

A few weeks ago, I wrote about switch-pitcher Tony Mullane, and Steve of Broken Bats Baseball mentioned that the New York Yankees had a switch-pitcher in their organization.  A couple days ago, I discovered this video of the last at-bat in a game between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones on 19 June 2008.  In it, Pat Venditte finds a new level of frustration when he takes the mound against a switch-hitter, though I have to confess, I found it amusing to watch.