Twins position player Jordan Luplow was brought in to pitch in a blowout loss to the Phillies, and he attempted to mimic Philadelphia closer Craig Kimbrel. That imitation wouldn’t improve his abilities on the bump.
Luplow quickly surrendered a 400-foot home run leading to an instant viral moment.
With the Twins trailing 11-2 in Friday night action, they turned to their left fielder to record their final three outs. Luplow would do so, but not before giving up a mammoth homer to Philly outfielder Johan Rojas.
Hilariously, it did so right after Luplow’s attempt to mimic Philadelphia’s closer.
Jordan Luplow probably thought pitching like Craig Kimbrel might work.
Spoiler: It didn’t. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Z0xff9SmmP
— MLB (@MLB) August 12, 2023
The round tripper was the first of the rookie’s MLB career, travelling 392 feet deep into the left-field seats. It also extended the Phillies’ lead to 13-2, putting an emphasis on the big win.
Making things even funnier, Rojas actually apologized to Luplow for smashing the long ball after rounding the bases.
THAT BALL’S OUTTA HERE!
Distance: 392 ft📏
EV: 96.6 mph💨
HR in: 29 of 30 Parks🏟 #RingTheBell
— Phillies Dingers (@PhilliesHomers) August 12, 2023
Kimbrel appeared to enjoy Jordan Luplow’s imitation, laughing alongside teammates in the Philadelphia dugout. With the big lead, his services wouldn’t be needed, though he’s put together another impressive season in 2023.
The closer’s gone 6-3 thus far while tallying 19 saves. His 3.24 ERA is down a tick from last year and he’s flashed incredible swing and miss ability with a 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings rate.
Luplow, meanwhile, saw his ERA skyrocket to 18.00 following his first appearance of the season. It was actually the second time he’s been called upon to pitch an inning, and he’s allowed home runs in each of those relief appearances.