While getting a strikeout is nothing new in baseball, it is noteworthy when the pitcher is normally a position player.
In the inning, Raburn struck out Matt Tuiasosopo with an 89 mph fastball, making one of the few highlights of the night for the Indians. For the record, he also got two groundouts.
Of course, the Twitter universe had some things to say about it:
Ryan Raburn pitching against the Tigers might be the greatest moment in Twitter history.— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) August 9, 2013
Ryan Raburn for closer! Move him to the bullpen!— Brett Fortune (@Fortune_501) August 9, 2013
Cleveland had already used three other bullpen arms and didn't want to burn any more after using six in Wednesday's game.
Yes, Cleveland has used its bullpen a lot lately, but bringing in Raburn is not all that bad. It reminds me of a few other position players who came on to pitch, including one of Raburn's current teammates:
That teammate was Nick Swisher, who pitched a scoreless inning for the New York Yankees in 2009. He also got one strikeout.
Versatility is never a bad thing, but I'm guessing like Swisher and Wilson Valdez, Raburn won't quit his gig of coming off the bench. Of course, some Cleveland fans might want him to, considering the bullpen has an ERA of 4.01.
It was a good inning for Raburn, but if Cleveland is going to come back in the division race, improvement is going to be needed all around on the mound.
You know it's bad when Ryan Raburn's pitching is the highlight of the week for the Indians. #ScrewDetroit— Andrew Ripple (@andrewripple) August 9, 2013