Role Reversal I. Astro outfielder John Cangelosi became the first nonpitcher to pitch this year when he tossed a scoreless ninth inning, allowing no hits and one walk, in a 13-2 loss to the Cubs last Thursday. "It brought new meaning to the phrase short reliever," said Cangelosi, who is 5'7". It was his second turn on the mound, the first having come in 1988 when he was with the Pirates and threw two scoreless innings against the Dodgers. "Two thousand days between appearances, and the first pitch I threw was a strike—that was pretty good," said Cangelosi. "After the game I didn't even need [to soak my arm in] ice. Ice is overrated." His fastball was clocked at 79 mph, and Cangelosi said, "I could have thrown 85, but I didn't want to hit anyone."
Role Reversal II. On June 20 Marlin reliever Terry Mathews went 3 for 3 against the Rockies, with a single, two doubles and two RBIs. STATS Inc. checked back over the last nine years—the period during which it has tracked baseball performances—and couldn't find a reliever who had three hits in a game. Mathews, who pitched 4? innings and picked up the win in Florida's 7-2 victory, has one more three-hit game this year than the Reds' Deion Sanders.
Seeing Red. When Eric Anthony and Eddie Taubensee of the Reds hit pinch home runs in the eighth inning against the Braves last Thursday, it marked only the second time that a National League team has hit two pinch homers in the same inning since 1975. The last time it happened was on May 4, 1991, when the Mets' Mackey Sasser and Mark Carreon hit back-to-back pinch homers against the Giants' Jeff Brantley. Following the Anthony-Taubensee shots, which gave Cincinnati a 9-8 lead, Brantley, now with the Reds, came on to pitch the ninth and got the save.