Another tough loss for the Sweets on Sunday didn't have Frank Mutz in a sour mood. Skipper is still really positive about the direction his team is trending, and ultimately expects good things as more players file in. Here, he talks about the six-run sixth inning rally that put his team on top last night, as well as what his hitters need to do to be successful.
He needed an extra hitter in the ninth when Cody Price was injured fouling off a pitch. Having already used Alex Jondal - his spare position player - to pinch hit for Dyllin Mucha the previous batter, Mutz had to go to Jeider "Addie" Rincon. A pitcher at the plate, boss?
He sure did. That walk forced the game into extra innings, and Rincon is rewarded with the start on Tuesday against Wenatchee. (In reality, the start had long since been determined, but wouldn't that be a great story?)
Mutz is also still low on arms: three of the four pitchers who threw on opening night had to come out of the bullpen on Sunday. Easton Lucas threw two innings the night before and came out to relieve Sean-Luke Brija in the tenth and still looked pretty good. His manager had some strong praise for him after the game.
Cam Richman made his debut for the Sweets earlier in the game after graduating from DeSales on Saturday. He had a pretty vocal cheering section and got by far the loudest ovation of the night when he came in. Mutz said he started out strong.
His team gets a day off today in the middle of the home stand, and it's a non-baseball day for the Sweets:
They'll be back at it Tuesday against Wenatchee. Pregame starts at 7:00 on ESPN Walla Walla.
Stay tuned later today for this week's edition of The Lead-Off!