On a day when the Blue Jays mailed it in on offense and pitching, Luke Maile delivered some much-needed comic relief. With his team down by 15 runs, the Blue Jays backup catcher took the hill for the second time this season.
Maile was the fourth position player in Blue Jays history to make multiple pitching appearances in a single season. He joined Bob Bailor, Jeff Mathis and Steve Tolleson in rare company as the only Blue Jays position players to make two or more pitching appearances.
At this rate, it won’t be long before Maile pitches again. Two months into the season and he’s been called upon twice already. Since Charlie Montoyo asked his backup catcher to save the bullpen twice this season, let’s scout Maile’s latest pitching performance against the Padres.
After missing on his first two pitches, Maile drops this beauty of a slider on the outside corner of the strike zone.
Hunter Renfroe had no answer to this 82 MPH fastball at the knees. To be honest, the call may have been a little low, but the ump (much like the fans) just wanted to get the hell out of there.
Maile then went …
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation