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#pounditWednesday, March 29, 2023

Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson came close to pitching during 15-inning affair

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By walking off in the 15th inning on Monday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks robbed us of what could have been a couple of all-time great sights.

Pedro Moura of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson would have been the first position player to pitch for the team had the game remained tied. He then would have been followed by Yasiel Puig.

The Dodgers fell by the final of 8-7 in the extra-inning affair, one that spanned nearly six hours. The reigning National League champions used nine pitchers on the evening, including Wilmer Font, who gave up the walk-off single to Diamondbacks pinch hitter Jeff Mathis after a whopping 4.1 innings in relief. Thus, it stands to reason that the Dodgers outfielders may have soon gotten the call to pitch had the game lasted into the 16th inning and beyond.

In any case, we can all probably agree that seeing Pederson and/or Puig on the hill would have been an even bigger whirl than seeing them on the basepaths.


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