Let's face it. American League pitchers aren't used to having to bat.
Such was the case for Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago against the Mets on Tuesday.
Despite the fact that Santiago already went to the plate once in the game, the 25-year-old completely forgot that he had to bat again in the sixth inning. Seriously, when Santiago's spot came up in the order, the southpaw was nowhere to be found.
Eventually, Santiago emerges from the dugout with a helmet on and a bat in hand to take his turn at the dish. As you can see, he wasted no time in getting his first cut on, fouling off the very first pitch. Unfortunately, he ends up being another Matt Harvey strikeout victim a few pitches later.
It's kind of hard to blame Santiago for the mental lapse, though. The White Sox mustered only one base runner all game long in the 10-inning loss. Thus, Santiago's spot in the order didn't come around very much.