Monday, May 31, 2010

Curve 5-30-2010

Last night I went to see Rudy Owens pitch and I wasn't disappointed. While giving up a 2 run homer in the first, that was basically all he would give the Phillies. He consistently sat around 90 (range was 88-90) and topped out at 91. Be advised those were all Altoona's gun readings and their gun is notoriously slow, about 2 MPH. He really relied on his fastball a lot, but when he did throw his other pitches they were successful. His changeup was regularly in the 76-78 range and definitely fooled some batters. Through 6 IP he threw 83 pitches, 56 strikes, with four K. He sat down the final eight in a row. Other than that first inning he was excellent.

Hector Jimenez gave the Curve the lead in the 5th with a shot to right, and Alex Presley followed with a shot to nearly the same spot, just not as deep.

Tony Watson came in and his his first save pitching very well, although two of the longest outs of the day were against him. Speaking of long out, Chase d'Arnaud had a very long out and also a nice double, and Rudy Owens really got into a pitch that died near the warning track in Center.

Outside of two innings there wasn't a ton going on as Owens kept the Phillies in check. You would be amazed at how many bad hitters the Phillies trotted out there yesterday.

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