So we are here in Erie, Pa, we got in last night, or this morning at about 1 30 or 2. It was a 7 hour trip from Trenton. We did not have any internet in Trenton so I am sorry about the delay in posting. My most recent outing was probably my best of the season, and a very encouraging outing.
So in my last outing I got 17 ground ball outs, which is exactly what I try to do. That is what is so encouraging. There was only 1 ball hit in the air all night, and that was a foul out. Even their hits were all groundballs. I have to give some credit to my catcher Steve Lerud, we were on the same page for the duration of my outing. The only thing I struggled with was my command in the first inning, there was a huge difference between the bullpen mound and the game mound. So it took a couple batters to make an adjustment.
Something funny that happened during the game was that I got hit with a bat. While its not a funny issue, since I wasn’t seriously hurt, I found it to be pretty funny. With Colin Curtis hitting, I threw him an inside fastball that broke his bat. It was also a ground ball to the right side, so I immediately ran to cover first base. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the barrel coming at me, and I tried to make a last second effort to dodge it. But it hit me in my right forearm. Fortuantely I escaped with just a bruise and a minor laceration. Definitely a new experience though.
Just a quick side note. I have been getting alot of questions about strikeouts. So in reference to them, I really don’t care about strikeouts, I am not a strikeout pitcher, and I don’t think that you have to strike hitters out to be a good pitcher. The only time a strikeout is important is when a situation calls for it. Like with a runner on third and 1 out, other than that I just try to get ground balls. When I have a hitter in a 0-2 or 1-2 count, I don’t waste a pitch with a breaking ball in the dirt. I go for weak contact, putting pressure on the hitter, that is our organizational philosophy, and that is what I have had success doing. On or out in 3 pitches really allows you to pitch deeper into ball games, that’s what I am all about.
Well I have to wrap this up so I can get to the field, but the last thing I will say is that the Trenton Yankees have a great stadium and a great field. Also, they do a really good job drawing fans. The game that I pitched had several thousand fans at it, and it was a great atmosphere. Well I pitch again on Thursday, barring any weather delays, which is always a possibility in the northeast. So everyone take care.