The Milwaukee Brewers clinched a 2023 MLB playoff berth in one of the oddest ways conceivable Friday night.
The 28-year-old veteran recorded his first career strikeout during his first major league pitching appearance and now sports a perfect 0.00 ERA.
With the win, Milwaukee secured a spot in the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons. The club’s magic number to win the NL Central division title has been trimmed to one. One Brewers victory or a Cubs loss will award the Brewers the division crown.
Tellez caught the attention of Rob Friedman, who runs the popular “Pitching Ninja” account on X, who lauded the effort as “Filth.” Meanwhile, fans on social also loved the rare occurrence of a position player pitching the final inning clinching game.
Rowdy Tellez, Filth.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 23, 2023
The Brewers pitching depth is insane. pic.twitter.com/CGE43J6Xo4
This is freakin perfect! Clinch a playoff berth, while a position player is pitching to close the game🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/1T367yc2xf— ktgiu22 (@ktgiu22) September 23, 2023
I love that he just pitched with his first base mitt too. Rowdy is the best! https://t.co/1LVvR3rTEk— Peter Shepert (@PistolPetestar) September 23, 2023
Rowdy you sweet, sweet man. 💙💛 https://t.co/AtfxTqdaix— Shaun Ranft 🏳️🌈 (@sa_ranft) September 23, 2023
The Brewers just clinched a playoff spot with…Rowdy Tellez on the mound? pic.twitter.com/IrvXorkiK7— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) September 23, 2023
Cy Young Rowdy Tellez 😂pic.twitter.com/z161TuWTLE— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) September 23, 2023
oh my goodness rowdy tellez is on the mound pic.twitter.com/Nf4qC5caNP— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) September 23, 2023
Rowdy Tellez needed eleven pitches with a strikeout to throw a scoreless inning lol pic.twitter.com/8CQxvscjRv— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthew_CFB) September 23, 2023