ROCHESTER, Wash. (AP) — A long, long start for a Washington state high school pitcher caught the attention of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price.
Rochester's Dylan Fosnacht threw 194 pitches as he took a shutout into the 15th inning of a tournament game Tuesday, The Chronicle of Centralia reported (http://is.gd/zTKhzT ). The right-hander wound up with a no-decision when his team beat La Center 1-0 in the 17th inning.
Fosnacht struck out 17 while allowing seven hits and three walks.
Price took notice of the performance on Twitter, telling Fosnacht "you're a beast ... but let's be a little smarter brotha!!" Price suggested his coach should be fired for letting the young pitcher risk injury by staying in the game so long.
Rochester coach Jerry Striegel told The Chronicle he checked in with his pitcher every inning to make sure he was OK.
Fosnacht responded by noting that he's not a major league prospect or even a regular pitcher. He's an infielder who pitches every now and then, and he's happy he gave his team a chance to win.
"I personally loved every minute of it and it's a great memory to have," he wrote on his Twitter feed.
The opposing starter was pretty sharp, too. La Center's Trevor Roberson worked the first 12 innings, striking out 13 and allowing two hits without a walk.
Information from: The Chronicle, http://www.chronline.com