We are done with the first half of our road trip, and currently enjoying a day off. We got back from Akron last night after going 2-3 on the first half. Not something to get too excited about, but it is a huge improvement from the 0-6 that we went on our first road trip. We played some really close and hard fought games, two of which went extra innings.
I threw on Saturday, and for those of you that didn’t catch the box score the line was 6.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 BB 1 K. The line seems a little odd, so I will explain some of it. Akron is a very disciplined team at the plate. They lead the league in walks as a team, as well as leading the league in not striking out. One of my walks was intentional, we pitched around their catcher Santana. I also gave up 2 solo home runs, which were my two big mistakes of the game, other than that I threw the ball pretty well. I did a good job of getting ahead of their hitters, which is what allowed me to pitch deeper into the game. Their leadoff hitter really hurt me, he was 3-3. Although he had an infield single on a chopper that was just out of my reach, and a broken bat flare for a double. The kid can absolutely fly though, he is someone that you would like to keep off the bases. The final comment about the outing is that it was important for me to pitch deeper into the game because we were a little short in the bullpen due to the double header the day before.
So after the off day today, we head to Reading for a 3 game set with the Phillies to finish out the road trip tomorrow. Thanks for all of the support from fans on here, the fact that everyone is going out of their way to come out to see some baseball games is awesome. I will try to do a better job of letting everyone know when I am pitching. So I pitch the first day that we get back from Reading.
Last thing before I close out this post, how bout them Buccos? They are looking really good right now. Pitching and defense will take you a long way in this game. Well thats all for today.
I am back, sorry it has been a while. My charger for my laptop broke while we were on the road, and I just got a new one. So we are officially back in action. Big news tonight, we got our first win, and it couldn’t have come sooner. It is an awesome feeling, and a huge relief. Our record, which is 1-8 does not indicate what kind of baseball we have been playing. All of our losses have been within 3 runs or less. Alot of tough losses, and we have really been in every game. Now that we got our first win, I would not be surprised if we got on a roll.
As everybody probably saw in the box score, I did not throw well in my first start of the season. To put it simply, I couldn’t throw a strike. I actually made a few pitches when I had to because it could have been worse. The good news is that we had a rain out which gave me an extra day, and an extra bullpen session. The bullpen sessions were really good, I got a lot accomplished. I make my second start of the season tomorrow against the Erie Sea Wolves. Game time is 3:05.
Sorry for the lack of posting lately, it has been a little tough to find internet lately. We just got internet in our appartment the day before we left for our road trip.
Before I get into the post topic, I feel that it is necessary to mention Nick Adenhart. I didn’t know him personally, but he is part of the baseball family. This situation has really upset me, and the coverage that ESPN has done has really choked me up. It really could have been any player in that car. I have actually been through that intersection before. It was a really sad day. I think that his family should be kept in everybody’s prayers.
Ok, so on to the topic of this post. The season has officially begun, unfortunately we are 0-2. However, the games have been very competitive and could have won both of them. I threw in relief last night, just one inning. It was sort of a tune up outing so that I didn’t have an 8 or 9 day lay off without facing hitters. I got 2 quick outs via a strike out and a 5-3 groundout. Then I made a bad pitch, and a guy hit a triple. The next guy broke his bat, but got just enough of the ball to get it through the infield. The next guy grounded into a force out. The final line was 1 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 1 K. Really only made that one bad pitch. It was good to get out there and face hitters though, see how the adrenaline and nerves are gonna react.
I will start on Monday in Akron, and I am really excited about it. I can’t wait to get back out there. I wanted to go back out for another inning last night, really good to feel those competitive juices flowing again. Well that’s all I have for now, I will probably post after my outing on Monday.
Today was the last day of spring training. It has been a pretty long month and a half. This spring training is the first time that I experienced the loss of friends. It was different, and tough, nobody likes to see friends go.
Anyways, tomorrow I leave for Altoona, where I will be one of the 5 in the starting rotation. I am very excited, and can’t wait for the season to start.
I also had my last outing of the spring today. The line was 4 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K. I think that it was a very productive spring, today I kept the ball down well, and my change up was really effective. Most of the damage came in the first inning again, where I lacked rhythm and command.
Well everyone, this is my last spring training post, I hope everyone is looking forward to the spring as much as I am. Next post will be from Altoona.