The Toronto Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia couldn't have asked for a better result after getting caught looking on a called third strike.
Arencibia struck out with two outs in the first inning against Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, but he also brought home two runs. How is that possible? I'm glad you asked.
When Arencibia stepped in to face Kuroda, it was with two outs and runners on first and second. Arencibia then watched a two-seam fastball blow by him, but Yankees catcher Chris Stewart botched the catch, and the ball went into foul territory.
Arencibia ran the play out, and Stewart's throw to first hit off him, rolling past first baseman Lyle Overbay and into foul territory toward right field.
Eventually, both Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis came around to score, allowing two runs to score on a play that was scored a strikeout.
Arencibia just recorded the luckiest at-bat of his career, and it didn't go unnoticed.
Striking out a batter with 2 outs usually leads to the end of the inning. This time it led to 2 runs scoring: http://t.co/LXLBetG95w— MLB (@MLB) August 28, 2013
I just realized Kuroda threw that third strike past both catchers at the same time, Arencibia at the plate and Stewart behind it— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 28, 2013
Let me get this straight! JP Arencibia got a 2 run strikeout?— Steve Gasner (@sgasner14) August 28, 2013
Arencibia wasn't done for the day, however, as he had another lucky at-bat in the third inning. He hit a short grounder to Alex Rodriguez at third, and Arencibia easily reached first base as A-Rod was playing back in hopes it would eventually veer foul.
A-Rod playing back on Arencibia who hits nubber up the line. A-Rod hopes it goes foul, fair by 4 feet. Arencibia gets single. Holy Cow!— Michael Rutsey (@Rutslive) August 29, 2013
It's Christmas for JP Arencibia.— Jake Roberts (@sinatrafan28) August 29, 2013
It's incredibly rare for a player to bring home one run on a strikeout, let alone two. However, this actually happened earlier in the season for the Angels as well.
Mark Trumbo struck out on an ugly swing, yet two guys scored. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols picked up runs courtesy of an errant throw by Dodgers catcher Ramon Hernandez.
Trumbo's feat may not have been as impressive as Arencibia's since it came with only one out, but to see two strikeouts bring home a pair of runs in a single season is absurd.
Everything was going right for Arencibia on Wednesday. The Blue Jays won 7-2, and he finished with two hits in four at-bats.