Hello again everyone,
The last time that we talked, I was just getting to know my new teammates, and boy am I glad that they are on my team. Im just glad I don’t have to pitch to these guys! We just crush the ball. Throughout the first week of games we are 5-1, and we have really been playing well.
Our first game was against the Phoenix Desert Dogs and our starting pitcher, Brad Holt, started the AFL season out right with three scoreless innings. He really set the tone for the whole team with his outing. Our pitching staff as a whole did a very good job only giving up 3 runs, and in this league that is awesome. My Angels teammate, Jeremy Moore, put the final stamp on the game with a huge homerun over the left field fence in the ninth inning, and we ended up winning 8-3. It was a really a good way to start the season with a win where the whole team contributed.
In our second game, the Desert Dogs got the best of us with a 6-3 win, but we came back the next day with a chip on our shoulder. Our hitters were on fire. After a big nine run inning in the fourth, the game was pretty much under wraps for another Solar Sox win. We won the game with a final score of 11-6, and like I said, I am so glad I don’t have to face our hitters. They just don’t stop hitting and producing runs.
Thursday was my first start, and man was I nervous. I wasn’t nervous because it was my first start, but because I know how important performing in the Arizona Fall League is to all of the players here. It’s a very big opportunity just to be invited, and everyone that is here is at (or near) the top of the list in their respective organizations. Unfortunately, the game didn’t really go as well as I hoped it would, but I did have some good things come out of it. After working out of a small jam in the first and putting a zero on the scoreboard in the second, the third didn’t go so well. I left the ball up in the zone to a few hitters and ended up giving up four runs. If you do that against the hitters in this league you will get hurt and give up runs. The hitters want the pitch up so they can drive the ball and sure enough that is exactly what happened to me! After tying the game at five in the eighth inning, we went to extra innings. Brandon Wood (Angels) hit a walk off double that scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th and a win for the Solar Sox.
After going 5-1 in the first week, I can’t help but think about the Mesa Solar Sox being the last team standing when all is said and done. With the hitting and pitching we have, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that we could’t win it all. But, it is still early and a lot of baseball left and we all know that anything can happen.
Well, that’s all for now. Don’t forget to ask me any questions you all have, or share anything you want to share about baseball. I’ll do my best to answer back as quick as possible. Thanks for the golf course suggestions!
See yall next week.