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Desmond Jennings pops out after swinging at pitchout pitch (Video)

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Miguel Cabrera did it when he was a Marlin. So did this eager Little Leaguer, the immortal Kelly Leak and all these major leaguers as compiled on a list by SABR.

So yeah, there's a track record of players putting a surprise swing on an intentional walk or pitchout pitch. Tampa Bay outfielder Desmond Jennings, though, won't be remembered among the successful ones as he swung at a Brett Myers pitchout that actually went over the plate on Thursday night — it looked like signals got crossed with catcher A.J. Pierzynski — and promptly popped out for the second out of the inning. You can't blame Jennings for swinging, though, because it was a really good pitch to hit. Things just didn't work out.

The good news for  Jennings and the Rays: Myers was still in the game one inning later and he served up a home run to Evan Longoria for Tampa Bay's eighth straight win.

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