I've had a couple outings recently - a clean .2 against Liberty university and an up and down outing tonight vs. Wake Forest.
I came in with bases loaded no outs in the 8th inning. Tough spot.
Go 0-2 on the first batter with fastballs, then get under a slider and hit him. I believe all 3 or 4 of my HBP this season are on sliders with 2 strikes. That pitch just needs to get more consistent. I need to throw it more, trust it more because it's a plus pitch when I don't get around it.
Next batter battled and walked on a close 3-2 pitch. Still bases loaded.
I get a ground-out, a strikeout and a pop-up to get out of the inning. Settled down and gained confidence as the inning went on. Fastball was steady at 92 the whole inning, topping at 94 mph.
On the year: 10.1 IP, 2h, 5bb, 4er, 10K, 4HBP
The fact that i have given up 2 hits all year throwing 99% fastballs and still striking out 1 per inning is a joke. I need to get the slider going and it will be night night.
Tons of scouts there for our starter Jake Stinnett, who didn't throw a fastball under 93 all day, and was sitting 96mph by the end of the 7th inning, touching 97mph.
Tough loss, 6-4. I need to be better, but that's a really tough situation to come in and not give up any runs. I need to find a way to get the slider over and calm myself down mentally from pitch 1.
Oh, and my arm was hanging today before I went in to pitch, from all the times i have been warming up in the pen to pitch during the week (7 "bullpen innings pitched" this week before today - our pen started keeping track). Every time we are told to get up and start getting ready to a catcher, that counts as 1 BIP. After today I am at 9 BIP and 1.2 IP over the last 4 days. Way too much throwing, but as usual my velocity was at its best with my arm hanging. I am forced to use my lower half better and whip the ball as much as possible.