21 games in 21 days…quite a rough three week span. But finally, after returning home at 3 am from a 3-game series at Helena, we have our first, much needed, day off.
The Helena series was quite a disappointment. Game one saw Luis Montano throw an absolute gem, keeping the Brewers scoreless through eight innings. The Brew Crew must have been saving their hitting for game two, chasing starter Andrew Bowman in the first and then posting 7 hits and 4 earned runs on me in 2 2/3 innings – final score: 13-1. Ernie Del Rosario and Philippe Valiquette pitched well in game three, but a tough run in the bottom of the ninth gave Helena the series.
As well as I pitched in my first three outing was as poorly as I pitched this time out. I could not establish my curveball in the bullpen and the lack of a solid second pitch hurt. I had no problem getting ahead with my two-seam fastball, but finishing batters off was where I faced issues. Although I was pretty down on myself after the game, our pitching coach made sure to let me know he expected more, but that we all have those kinds of games.
Lots more baseball to be played this season. If our bullpen can get back on track, there should be no problem finishing above .500 and making the playoffs by finishing first in either the first or second half of the season.
Hope all is well in the Queen City…I miss it already!
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