You don’t see this very much on baseball-reference.com. Right under the “Bats Right, Throws Right,” line about Pat Venditte, the losing pitcher in Italy’s 5-4 loss to the Dominican Republic, there’s this:
“Venditte typically throws with the hand needed to gain the platoon advantage.”
On the official score sheet for Tuesday’s game, Venditte was listed as a right-hander. But if you saw him working against the Dominican Republic, you saw him pitching as a left-hander. In fact, that’s why he was facing lefty-hitting Robinson Cano with Italy trying to hold a 4-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.
“He throws harder from the right side but he is nasty from the lefty side,” Italy manager Marco Mazzieri said.