Bogusevic pitches in for Astros in rout
Outfielder works ninth inning, allows two-run homer
HOUSTON -- When the Astros took Brian Bogusevic in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2005, they did so with the hopes he would one day pitch in a Major League game. Seven years after starting his pro career, Bogusevic finally got the chance.
With the Astros en route to a 14-2 blowout loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, the pitcher-turned-outfielder tried his hand at pitching once again by throwing the ninth inning in his first appearance on the mound in a game since July 4, 2008, while at Double-A Corpus Christi.
Bogusevic, a lefty with a steady diet of 87 and 88 mph fastballs, gave up a two-run homer to David Freese, but he had the distinction of the being the only Astros pitcher to not walk a batter on this night.
"I just tried to throw strikes and get it over with," Bogusevic said. "It felt kind of strange, but once I knew I could throw strikes, it became comfortable."
The Astros drafted Bogusevic with the 24th overall Draft pick in 2005. He appeared in 77 Minor League games as pitcher, making 64 starts, and was 14-21 with a 5.11 ERA, before the organization decided four years ago to move him to the outfield.
He was 25-11 with a 3.65 ERA in 49 games (39 starts) in his career as a pitcher at Tulane, going 13-3 in his junior season.
"He's done it before and he's got an idea what he's doing out there and we just don't want to put anybody else out there who could get hurt, so he's the ideal guy really," Astros manager Brad Mills said.
Bogusevic became the first Astros position player to pitch in a game since catcher Kevin Cash threw an inning on May 28, 2010 at Cincinnati. Bogusevic has been the Astros' primary starter in right field since Hunter Pence was traded last July, and has made more starts in right this year than any other Houston player.