Zac Gallen threw a pitch so nasty that it fooled everybody that included himself.
If this is how Zac Gallen is going to pitch this year, it’s best that opposing batters don’t even try and hit anything that comes out of his hand.
This week, Gallen ran his scoreless streak to 28 innings as he shut the Royals down for 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 2-0 victory at Chase Field.
The game itself did not have any highlights, but the biggest one came from a single pitch.
One pitch he threw moved like a cutter, crossing up catcher José Herrera, who saw the ball go sailing past his glove and hitting plate umpire Edwin Jimenez in the face, knocking his mask off.
Poor Pasquantino just swung at it and missed while looking helpless.
The video above shows Gallen looking shocked at what he threw. Cameras showed him on the mound after he threw it looking awfully perplexed.
“This was quite possibly the craziest pitch I’ve ever seen,” Pasquantino wrote on Twitter after the game. “I’ve never been more confused in my life. Was it a cutter? Was it a change-up? Somehow it was both.”
Here’s how fans reacted:
For the fourth consecutive start, Gallen did not allow a run as he struck out 12 batters and only allowed four hits, which were all singles.
The Royals picked up a pair of one-out singles in the first inning to put runners at first and third, but Gallen found his grove as he struck out Edward Olivares and Michael Massey to end the inning.
They did not get a batter to second base against Gallen for the rest of his stint.
Gallen has recorded four straight scoreless starts of six-plus innings for the second time in his career.
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