Athletics closer Santiago Casilla earned his fifth save of the season this afternoon, and true to form, it was anything but easy. The 29-pitch tightrope outing featured two walks, one hit batter (Max Kepler), and one cross up that could have sent home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski to the hospital.
As you can see below, Casilla and Stephen Vogt’s miscommunication led to Muchlinski’s testicles absorbing a mid-90s fastball:
Umpire takes pitch directly to the 🥜s pic.twitter.com/M2ywTurCId
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 4, 2017
— LaMeire College Consulting (@collegeappinfo) May 4, 2017