July 2009

Battlefield

Hey Everyone,

 

I just got back from the game tonight, the game last just over four and a half hours.  So it was another late night, and unfortunately the game was as the title states.  We had a pitcher take a line drive off the shin, another pitcher took a line drive off his bare hand on a ball that he tried to catch, and we had our two middle infielders collide on a ground ball up the middle.  I also had to watch one of my good friends be taken to the hospital on a stretcher.  To rub it in, we lost the game on a game winning grand slam.  It was a terrible night, one that I would like to forget as soon as possible.  Now I can only hope that everyone is ok.  That is all for now.

 

Moskie

Late Night

Hey everyone,

 

So last night we played the longest game that I have ever been a part of, and it only went 9 innings.  I also witnessed one of the most ridiculous things that I have ever seen in pro ball.  It was the top of the 5th inning and we were winning 1-0.  There was an obvious storm on the horizon as it had already started raining.  The opposing manager pulled his team off the field, and wouldn’t send them to the plate.  He did so in fear of going 1-2-3 and the game being called official due to the storm.  I have never seen something like that happen before, it was pretty heinous.  So long story short, we sat through a 2 hour rain delay, and the game started back at 10 35.  We finished the night with a walk off win, and Jason Delaney hit a game tying home run with 2 outs in the 9th. And the game finished sometime after midnight.   All in all it was a crazy night.

 

Now just a quick write up on my last outing, and sorry it has taken so long but my girlfriend came to see me again.  It was an unfortunately short visit, but it was really good to see her since it had been like 2 months since I saw her.  So anyways, my last outing I gave up only 1 hit over 6 scoreless innings, and I really threw the ball well.  I did have 4 walks, but they weren’t because I was necesarrily wild, but that I was making pitchers pitches.  Perhaps even nibbling from time to time, which I try to stay away from for the most part.  The main key to my success for this outing was my ability to pitch in.  It has been something that I have struggled with the past couple of outings, and something that I have had to work on because teams now know that I am going to attack them alot with sinkiers.  So it was reassuring to be able to attack them differently than I usually do and still have success.

 

Well that is all for now guys, I throw again on Friday in Akron, and should have another post some time shortly after that.  Until then everybody take care.

 

Moskie

 

 

Triple Play

Hey everyone,

 

Well I am back from the all-star break, and it was a ton of fun.  It was really a cool experience, and it was really cool to get to play with guys from other teams around the league.  The first night we were there we went on a dinner cruise down the Delaware River, followed by a party at the Yankee club inside of the stadium.  The second day was a long day. We got to the field at noon, where we had lunch. Then we hit batting practice at around 2.  After that we had a 2 hour autograph signing, followed by the home run derby, and then the game.  We won the game 5-3, and after the game they had a party for us at the Marriott hotel.  The next day was a long day of travel, and we didn’t get back to the Altoona stadium until 4 in the afternoon. 

 

So like the title says, our first game back I saw the first triple play that I have ever seen.  It was the first inning, runners on first and second, and there was a line out to the second baseman that looked like it could have hit the ground.  It was a catch, and then threw to second and on to first for a triple play.  I was sitting in the stands and couldn’t believe it.  It was pretty crazy.

 

Well I pitch tomorrow at 6:05 against the Harrisburg Senators.  So I will be back with a breakdown of the outing shortly after. Until then everybody take care.

 

Moskie

Hey everyone,

 

I am just relaxing in my hotel room becuase we do not have to be on the bus until 4 today.  A much needed show and go after we played 14 innings the other night.  This allows me to watch the futures game, which is very exciting. Especially since 2 of my teammates are playing in it. Those being Brad Lincoln and Pedro Alvarez.

 

As for the game last night, I guess you can say that I pitched well enough to win.  However, I felt that I needed to pitch deeper into the game to give my bullpen a little more rest. They have thrown a lot of innings these last few days.  The outing could have been a lot better than the line shows because I made one really bad pitch.  It was an 0-1 fastball that was supposed to be in off the plate, and it ran back in over the plate, and Ambiorix Concepcion crushed it for a 3 run home run.  Other than that it could have been a quality outing. 

 

Well that is all for today guys, I am gonna try to pay attention to this futures game.  I will try to post from Trenton in a few days.  So until then, everybody take care.

 

Moskie

All-Star Game

Hey Everyone,

 

So as most of you already know, I have been recently selected to represent the Altoona Curve in the 2009 Eastern League All-Star game in Trenton, New Jersey.  Joining me from our team will be Jason Delaney and Brian Friday.  It is very exciting news and I am really pumped about it.  It is definitely an honor to be an all star at any level, and I think that this will be a great experience. 

 

Well on to last night’s game.  It was a pretty tough game all around.  We really just didn’t play a very good game, and I think that is the best way to put it.  Just one of those games that you want to forget about as soon as possible and move on.  One thing that I can take away from it was that I noticed that I was flying open in my delivery.  It is a pretty easy fix, but its something that I will have to work on in the bullpen.

 

Well thats all for today, until later everyone take care.

 

Moskie

July!

Hey everyone,

 

Sorry that it has taken me a little longer than usual to post, but no worries I am back.  We lost a tough game tonight in 12 innings, so that is the reason for the late night posting.

 

As you can tell by the subject line, it is now officially the month of July, and the season seems to be flying by.  July is a very important month for me, the reason for that is because July basically ruined my season last year. It was a horrible month for me, I pitched so poorly, and eventually resulted in my moving to the bullpen.  This was also the point at which my body started to break down, which was probably a cause of the poor pitching.  While I feel that my body is much more ready to go through a full season, I still want to make sure that I can pitch effectively for an entire season. 

 

Well I am going to keep this one short because I have to get some rest as I am pitching tomorrow. I will try to post tomorrow night after the game. Until later.

 

Moskie