PHOENIX -- Giants reliever Santiago Casilla threw a 63-mph down-the-middle strike on Wednesday night. Of course, he didn't intend to.
Casilla, attempting to intentionally walk Adam LaRoche in the eighth inning of his club's 3-1 loss to the D-backs, looped his first pitch over the heart of plate, and umpire Bill Hohn didn't hesitate raising his right arm.
"I said, 'Oh, my god.' [LaRoche] didn't swing, thank you," said Casilla, who has walked four batters on purpose this season, but had never before accidentally thrown a strike. "It was unbelievable, crazy."
Casilla explained that he was so intent on hitting catcher Buster Posey's glove with the soft toss, that when Posey didn't immediately stretch his glove hand away from home plate, he stuck with the original target.
Casilla did rebound to throw his next four pitches, all a few mph faster, well out of the strike zone for the ol' five-pitch intentional base-on-balls. Soon after, he induced Mark Reynolds' 6-4-3 double-play to end the frame.
No harm done.