(Ed.: I wanted to bump this to the top so you didn’t miss Matt’s latest update from the road to the major leagues. New posts are below.)
After a pair of decent outings to start the season, I faced the Kane County Cougars last Saturday in game one of a double-header on two extra days rest; one was a travel day and then we were rained out the day before (April 25). Early this season, our pitching coordinator, Mack Jenkins, told our pitching staff that almost every game comes down to only about 2 or 3 pitches. This game was no different. I gave up two homeruns to the 8-hole hitter, which really wrote the entire story of the game. I understand I am going to give up homeruns; it is part of the game. However, what was so frustrating was the fact I had the hitter behind in the count, 1-2 or 0-2, at one point in both at-bats; I just could not make the right pitch to put him away.
After taking two of three from Kane County, we traveled to Peoria for a three game set against the Chiefs, which are managed by Ryan Sandberg. Monday’s game was postponed due to cold conditions, thus giving Donnie Scott the opportunity to donate some wisdom to the team through a serious talk about our approach to the game and professionalism in general. I am not sure what, or if anything, warranted this talk, but it was great and I took a lot away from it.
Because our first game with the Chiefs was postponed, we would have to play a double-header. Normally, the extra game would be made up the following day, however, Tuesday’s game was a special promotion, so the double-header will unfortunately have to be played on Wednesday, our get-away day. The special promotion on Tuesday was Peoria County Schools’ Day at the Ballpark. The game started at 11 am, which meant the team bus left our hotel at 8 am, in order for school children to attend the game and have time to return to school for normal dismissal. Needless to say, it was a very lively crowd and none of the guys minded having to wake up earlier than usual.
I am scheduled to take the hill again on our first game back (5/2/08). We begin the month of May the way I wished every month started, a ten-game home stand beginning on the 2nd at Fifth Third Field.