3rd Time’s A Charm
It took me 3 starts, but finally I threw a “quality” outing. Not a quality outing by Major League standings, but by our standards and all things considered from those first two starts, I’m calling it a “quality” start. Fortunately, though, neither quality nor quantity was enough to squeeze out a win today for the Captains. With the first half being a pitcher’s duel, the tables turned in the 8th inning. We scored 4 in the top of the 8th and they came right back with 4 of their own. After I left the game down 1-0, you do the math. We lost 5-4. “&%$! happens” -Forrest Gump.
Pitching coach Ruben Niebla and I have been working vigorously since my last outing on changing up my mechanics. Different things like how my lead arm works to control the direction (supposed to be straight to the catcher) of my body as I pitch. My problem before had been that I had a tendency to allow my lead arm to force the rest of me to the side, allowing my fastball to get away from me. This leads to walks and missed spots, which, in turn, lead to the opposing hitters taking advantage when I finally reach the strike zone.
The curveball was working big time again today. Just like last outing. But why did I let up 3 runs last time? My fastball was worthless. This time, the fastball was a lot more efficient. Yea, it wasn’t perfect, but it was working. This allowed me to use my curveball not only as my strike pitch, but as my out pitch as well. Got some good knee-buckles today, but I’m more pleased with the missed fastballs.
So, I allowed 5 hits in 5 innings. 4 of which were bloop hits. I walked 2. 1 of which was on the umpire. It’s one thing to miss a call. Every umpire is entitled to that once in a while. But two MONEY pitches in a row? That can’t happen here. And what happens when you walk 2 guys in an inning. You’re lucky, like I was, to get out of it with only 1 run scoring. But I strapped down and refused to give in. Unfortunately, the bats weren’t working just yet and when they did, our relievers didn’t have their best days. But, we know everybody has a bad day every once in a while.
Anyway, yea I’m pleased with the way I pitched today but I’ll be happier when I leave with a lead. Or at least a 0-0 score. Next time, hopefully.
Be on the lookout for part 3 of my On The Road With The Captains series coming up in the next couple of days. Until then….