Orioles' Colton Cowser Accidentally Throws Milestone Craig Kimbrel Baseball Into Kauffman Stadium Fountain

Aug 6, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder Colton Cowser (17).
Aug 6, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder Colton Cowser (17). / Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Saturday in the Baltimore Orioles' game against the Kansas City Royals, Orioles left fielder Colton Cowser tracked down a line drive from Royals catcher Salvador Pérez to end the game.

And that is where the real fun began.

Cowser casually tossed the ball from the final out over the wall in celebration—completely oblivious to the fact that it represented Baltimore pitcher Craig Kimbrel's 422nd career save, which tied the veteran closer with Billy Wagner for seventh all-time.

That is how Cowser found himself frantically—and successfully—searching Kauffman Stadium's fountain after the game.

After retrieving the keepsake, Cowser vowed to be more careful in the future.

“Right when I threw it, I said, ‘Craig has a lot of saves, that one might have been important,'" Cowser told reporters. "I literally told (center fielder Cedric Mullins)... ‘I might have messed up.’ And it turns out I did.”

The moral of the story: if you're an outfielder, check your pitcher's Baseball-Reference page before every game.

Patrick Andres


Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.