The last time Matt Lollis swung a bat in a game, it was for a summer league in 2009 before signing with the San Diego Padres.
The TinCaps pitcher got back in the box Thursday. It wasn't his, or manager's Jose Flores,' intentions before the game.
Because of a mistake in Fort Wayne's lineup card handed to the umpires before the game, the pitcher was forced to hit. Lollis went 1 for 3 with a double in a 4-1 loss to Lake County.
"I thought they were joking with me for a second there, but then I saw my name on the lineup and I had to scramble for some bats and gloves and get up there and hit," Lollis said.
Fort Wayne's lineup handed to the umpires had Jedd Gyorko as the designated hitter and Edinson Rincon slated to play third. But when the game began, Gyorko stood at third.
Lake County manager Ted Kubiak alerted home plate umpire Chris Nguyen of situation after Delvi Cid flew out to center field to begin the game. Because the designated hitter, Gyorko, had taken the field, the TinCaps were forced to surrender the role. That meant the pitcher, in this case Lollis, had to bat in Rincon's slot, which was sixth in the lineup.
Flores took responsibility for the situation.
"There was a computer error. I take full responsibility for that one," he said. "I had Rincon originally DH, when I made the switch, it didn't print out that way. We have a platoon with these two guys, every two days, and the way it was written was Gyorko at third, but the lineup card didn't come out that way."
Lollis grounded out in the second, but doubled in the fourth. The TinCaps elected to let him bat again in the sixth with a runner on second and no outs, trailing 2-1. He attempted to sacrifice Gyorko to third. Reliever Nick Sarianides fielded the ball and threw to third to cut down Gyorko.
This is the second time this season the TinCaps had issues with a lineup card. Fort Wayne batted out of order in a June 3 game against Wisconsin.