Jon ProsinskI made his fifth start of the season when he faced the division leading Dunedin Blue Jays last night. It was easily his best effort of the season. His evening started with a gutty first ining where he needed 22 pitches to retire the Jays recording 2 walks and a 2 strike outs in the inning. He was leaving most of his early pitches wide of the strike zone. He threw only 9 strikes in the first inning. It appeared his pitch count might lead to a short outing.
Prosinski came out in the second and began throwing first pitch strikes.
He dominated the Jays hitters over the next few innings allowing only 6 singles the rest of the way. The only hard hit ball among those singles was a line drive single to score Dunedin’s first run by hot hitting Dwight Smith. Prosinski set the side down in order in the second and third before giving up a hit with two out in the fourth inning. That single rolled under the outstretched glove of shortstop Angelo Mora.
Prosinski probably caught a little bad luck in the fifth inning. After the Jays catcher flared a ball to right for a single, catcher Jesus Posso failed to block a pitch in the dirt then couldn’t locate it allowing the slow footed catcher to reach third. An infield single that prevented the run from scoring and resulted in a close play at first might only have been a force at second had the earlier wild pitch been blocked.
In spite of the long first inning, Prosinski only threw 94 pitches in his 7 innings. His strike to ball ratio rebounded to a reasonable 57/37 after the 9/13 start. He walked no one after the first inning. His line –
- 7 IP; 6 H; 1 R; 1 ER; 2 BB; 4 KKevin Walter came on in the eighth inning and retired 6 in a row after allowing the go ahead run on a leadoff double and single. The 6 outs were a ground ball to second and 5 routine pop flies to the shallow outfield, 2 caught by Mora and one by each outfielder.Offensively, the Threshers collected 5 hits and a walk. Jays’ pitchers struck out 12 Threshers. Only Pete Lavin and William Carmona avoided striking out last night. Art Charles and Justin Parr struck out 3 times each. Mora was rung up twice.
Harold Martinez continues to make solid contact. He had 2 singles and a stolen base. He is swinging aggressively and attacking strikes early in the count. Lavin and Mora had the only extra base hits last night. Lavin scored the first run of the game when Carmona beat the play at first on an infield single.
Prosinski’s pitch count in the first could have been lower if Mora had held onto a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play. The umpire made the out call then saw the ball laying next to the bag. Posso had made a strong, accurate throw to get the runner. Prosinski had to make 11 pitches to get two outs instead of one. He also walked the next hitter on 4 pitches.