Tolleson racks up second scoreless relief outing

Tolleson racks up second scoreless relief outing

TORONTO -- Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson is starting to get the hang of this whole pitching thing.

Tolleson made his second pitching appearance of the season during Tuesday night's 11-7 loss to Boston and retired both of the batters he faced.

Whenever a position player takes the mound, it always means things haven't gone well for his team. In this particular case, Tolleson at least attempted to enjoy the moment when he was called upon in the 11th inning of a blowout loss.

"I tried to have a little more fun with it this time," Tolleson said. "The last time, I was just kind of a deer in headlights without really knowing what to do. This time I just tried to embrace it, enjoy it for what I could, go out there and try to move the game along a little bit."

Tolleson's first career appearance as a pitcher came on May 14, and he retired one batter and allowed one hit during a 15-4 loss to Cleveland. This time, he pitched after Casey Janssen and Sergio Santos combined to allow seven earned runs in the 11th.

Tolleson first struck out Will Middlebrooks on six pitches. Tolleson followed that up by getting Mookie Betts to fly out to left and end the inning. Tolleson still has yet to allow a run and has a full inning of work under his belt.

"That's his second time this year," manager John Gibbons said. "We're not proud of that, but he's made two appearances."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.