It isn't a secret that baseball games quickly become drawn out and boring, but in the two games I watched yesterday that was not the case. If I could sum up the two games I watched yesterday in one word it would be, efficient.
The day started with Indiana State sweeping Alcorn State. ISU’s pitching staff was down an arm with an injury to Daniel Peterson, so Greg Kuhlman had to step up and take the ball Sunday afternoon. Kuhlman retired nine straight Braves hitters to start the game. His final line went like this; six innings, one run on two hits, one walk and a career high nine strike outs.
Those numbers seem to be pretty efficient right? In six innings of work he only threw 76 pitches, that's just over 12 pitches an inning for all of you who struggle with math. 50 of those 76 pitches were strikes. Now, that’s efficiency.
Both Indiana State head coach Rick Heller and catcher Mike Fitzgerald said that Sunday's performance was the best Kuhlman has thrown all year, with Coach Heller adding that was Greg’s best outing as a Sycamore.
Fast forward to Sunday night.
I turn on Sunday Night Baseball and watch the White Sox host the Angels. With the threat of being swept the Sox handed the ball to their ace Chris Sale. Sale retired 19 batters in a row before giving up a single to Mike Trout in the seventh inning.
Sale had just one at-bat where the count was against him 3-0, that ended in a ground out. The tall lefty’s final line looked this; nine complete shutout innings, one hit, no walks and seven strike outs. In nine innings he threw 96 pitches, that’s just over 10 pitches an inning. Again, efficient.
The White Sox game took just a little over two and a half hours while ISU's game lasted two hours and 10 minutes.
Fitzgerald said after Sunday's ISU game that the players in the field love when pitchers work quickly. Well Mike I’ll let you in on a little secret, so do the fans.
*Oh by the way…*how about the Indiana State men’s and women’s track & field teams sweeping the MVC Outdoor Championships? This is the first time in 20 years they both have won the outdoors in the same year. I’ve said it a thousand times, all ISU track & field knows how to do is win. It’s a shame they aren’t a revenue generating sport, they would sell out every game…oh wait, who am I kidding? This is Terre Haute, no they wouldn’t.
Have a great Monday weirdos!