A's reliever Sean Newcomb earns win without facing batter (Video)

Oakland A's reliever Sean Newcomb achieved the rare feat of earning a win without facing a batter during Friday night's game against Minnesota.

Newcomb was brought into the game in the top of the eighth with two outs and runners on first and third as the Twins tried to extend a 5-4 lead. Newcomb worked a 1-1 count to batter Willi Castro when he threw to first base, leading to a rundown to tag out runner Austin Martin as he tried to steal second.

In the bottom of the eighth, A's catcher Shea Langeliers hit a 2-run HR to give the A's a 6-5 lead. Mason Miller came in to pitch for the A's in the top of the ninth to earn the save as the A's beat the Twins 6-5.

Therefore, according to the stat sheet, Newcomb did not face a batter, but did pitch a third of an inning, threw a pickoff, and earned the victory. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

The A's are still at the bottom of the American League West, but games like this may make their fans feel like running the bases.

[@MLB. Headshot via ESPN.]

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