Well I finally had the breakthrough game I have been hoping for. We got to the field very late, so I had to skip stretching/catch and just throw a bullpen. I threw more pitches in the bullpen then normal, partly because I hadn't played catch, and partly because I really wanted to get command of the strike zone today. my arm felt stiff, and quite frankly pretty horrible. It didn't hurt, it just felt like i had nothing on my throws. Well, as it turns out, my pitches looked faster then normal (according to a teammate). I pitched against a team that was very similar to us, not very good, but by no mean horrible. In the first inning, the only blemish was a check swing single over first, but the guy was promptly picked off first, but called safe at second (still not sure what the umpire was looking at.) I then picked him off second, and threw him out at third. After that, it was basically smooth sailing until the seventh. I had only pitched 74 pitches after six, so the coach brought me out for another inning. The first batter of the inning reached on an error by our 2b, and then the second batter of the inning hit a groundball past our ss and into the gap. It became second and third with no outs. I then got a grounball to third that scored the run, then struck out the next guy for the second out, and then got the next guy to ground out to third. My fastball and changeup was really moving fantastic today. I kept a quick pace and just kept letting the ball fly. I ended up with two walks on the day, but both came after the batter had fouled off two or three with two strikes. I ended up striking out eight, and only allowing about four hits. While I lost my chance at a shutout, I still felt amazing about my performance. I threw about 90-95 pitches. My defense really picked me up, and i got a lot of ground balls (only one ball was hit on the fly to the outfield) that my defense made a play on.
FINAL LINE: 7 IP, 2 BB, 8 K's, 4 H, 0 ER
Season Line: 3.68 ERA, 19 IP, 16 BB, 20 K's
All season I felt like if I could throw the ball for a strike I could do very well, and today proved that. It feels fantastic to finally feel like my old self and begin to throw the ball for strikes.
I was really surprised when I calculated my ERA because i expected it to be much higher, but I looked back at the stats and found out that I have thrown 10.3 innings without allowing an earned run.
Also, not really pitching related but I have a funny story. Yesterday we played a very weak team that we eventually ended up beating 24-10. In my second at bat of the game, I hit the ball over the right fielders head. I end up scoring for the inside the park homerun, but there is one problem. I missed the second base bag and I ended up getting called out on the appeal.