Lyle Overbay just might have discovered another way to extend his major league baseball career.
The 37-year-old former Nevada Wolf Pack outfielder made his major league pitching debut Monday night for the Milwaukee Brewers. Overbay, who has spent 14 seasons in the major leagues mainly as a first baseman, pitched one-third of an inning for the Brewers in a 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.
Overbay threw six pitches to Ryan Doumit of the Braves before getting the catcher to pop out to shortstop Jean Segura. Overbay's six pitches averaged 78 miles per hour. He topped out at 82 miles an hour on his third pitch. He threw a 79-mile-an-hour changeup for a called strike to make the count 3-2.
Overbay has played in 1,497 games in his career with 1,312 hits, 344 doubles, 148 home runs and 650 RBI. He has a .267 career batting average and is hitting .218 this year with one homer and 10 RBI.
Overbay is the second for Wolf Pack infielder-outfielder to make a pitching appearance for the Brewers. Joe Inglett pitched a shutout inning for the Brewers on July 27, 2010 in a 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Inglett retired Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto on just six pitches, five for strikes.