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Zach Britton 6/21/12

Zach Britton 6/21/12

PostPost #1 by Tucker Blair » June 21st, 2012, 12:17 pm

1st Inning- The game started off with a first pitch bunt by Cameron Wimbley right up the first base line. Britton made it to the ball and then tried to scoop it to Mahoney at first with his glove. The ball never went anywhere and he was charged with an error. Needless to say, it was a tough play but one that probably should have been made.

After that, Wimbley moved up on a wild pitch. Caleb Joseph made a nice block on the play and then made a terrible throw to 2nd. Luckily Lew Ford backed it up. The ball was 2 feet in the dirt before home plate though, so not a good pitch.

Britton had a nice sequence against Ruben Tejada, and kept the ball low and worked both sides of the plate. He got him on a fastball on the low-inside corner.
Then he had the same type of sequence to Ronny Cedeno. Started out with a low-and-away change and Cedeno looked foolish. Not one pitch was above the knee.

2nd Inning- This was a wild one.
The inning started off with a Walk by Britton in which he simply was all over the place.
The next two batters, had absolutely perfect bunt singles up the lines. Britton couldn't have done anything.
However, he walked the next batter, causing a run to come in. He then got the next batter to hit a shallow fly out to LF, in which Hoes kept the runner at 3rd.
Britton seemed to be on his way out of the inning. He worked another two low strikes on the next batter. The next pitch they hit a bouncer to Mahoney at first and he completely botched it. A run scored, making it 2-0.
Britton got the next guy to hit into a DP on a low ball (it was right down the middle of the plate though, which probably is crushed in the bigs)
Not a good 2nd inning for Britton, even though some unlucky stuff did happen.

3rd Inning- This was a much better inning.
The first batter swung at first pitch and hit a hard grounder to 3B, in which Tejada made a phenomenal play and gunned him down at first on one knee.
The second batter looked lost against Britton. Low Fastball (Fouled), Low Fastball, Low Fastball, Outside Curveeball. All strikes. Cya!
The third batter Val Pascucci was worked low as well and ended up popping out to 2nd basemen Bill Hall.
Overall this was a quick and effortless inning for Britton and he looked much better.
51 Pitches, 30 strikes through 3 Innings.

4th Inning- Another excellent inning.
First batter hits a Fly ball to LF and Hoes makes a nice running catch. Was hit hard but was spinning foul.
Second batter Britton worked low. He painted the corner on a first pitch fastball outside. He then tried to come back inside and missed twice. He followed with his best curve of the day. It was filthy. Following that he threw one in the dirt. The next pitch was then an inside corner fastball that was jammed out to second basemen Bill Hall. Easy Out.
The next batter was quickly defeated on an Excellent Curve, an inside fastball and then a perfect inside change that had the batter dumbfounded. Two strong innings strung together now.
61 Pitches, 37 Strikes through 4 innings.

5th Inning
Fell behind the first batter but worked back with a nice outside fastball for a strike and then a low change that was weakly rolled over to 2B.
The next batter Wimbley was worked low as well. He then threw an outside fastball about belt high in which was lined out to 2B. Not the best pitch but to a batter with little power like Wimbley its not entirely a bad pitch.
The following batter roped a double down the LF Line. Bad pitch, right down the middle practically.
In the final AB of the inning, Britton worked Ronny Cedeno all around the box. He started low and inside and missed. He then worked him outside. A 1-1 curve was perfect on the inside corner. The next fastball was very high (your typical high fastball when up in a count). He came back and K'd him with a sweeping curve on the outside corner. Questionable strike, but it was a beauty pitch.
80 pitches, 48 Strikes

6th Inning Three relatively quick outs.

The first batter was a ground out on the first pitch. Then the next batter took a strike low and outside fastball before hitting a high fastball to Lew Ford in CF. The next batter was Fred Lewis whom worked a pretty good AB before hitting a weak bouncer to 2B.

90 pitches, 56 strikes.
6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 K, 2 BB allowed
One bad inning really.
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Re: Zach Britton 6/21/12

PostPost #2 by LA Detective » June 21st, 2012, 8:27 pm

Was his velocity where it was last spring? I really believe his health is a key for us this year. When right he has a chance to be a Top 3 starter on a championship team. A healhty Hammel, healthy Britton, Chen, and Arrieta finding consistancy and we have a chance to be in this till the end.
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Re: Zach Britton 6/21/12

PostPost #3 by Tucker Blair » June 21st, 2012, 9:14 pm

LA Detective wrote:Was his velocity where it was last spring? I really believe his health is a key for us this year. When right he has a chance to be a Top 3 starter on a championship team. A healhty Hammel, healthy Britton, Chen, and Arrieta finding consistancy and we have a chance to be in this till the end.


His velocity was not 100% where it could be but he was close.
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