Adenhart shows right stuff

Nick Adenhart was in trouble right out of the chute. He walked Jamey Carroll on four pitches, then fell behind Mark De Rosa 2-0 before the Indians’ third baseman lined a single to left center, sending Carroll to third.

This is where the new and improved Adenhart surfaced. Taking his time, along with deep breaths, Adenhart gathered himself, made good pitches to the heart of the order, and escaped unscathed. Victor Martinez grounded to Chone Figgins at third for an out at home. Travis Hafner, the muscular cleanup man, went down swinging on an off-speed delivery. Shin-soo Choo, who starred for Korea n the World Baseball Classic, popped out.

This is exactly how you want to respond to adversity if you’re a young pitcher trying to carve out a rotation spot on a championship-caliber team.

Adenhart, settling into a groove, retired six of the next seven he faced, with Ben Francisco beating out an infield hit.

One comment

  1. beesgal

    It’s wonderful to hear of Adenhart finding his groove again. With Lackey highly doubtful for opening day, it’s looking more and more likely that Adenhart, Moseley and Loux will be heading to Anaheim after the close of the Cactus League. Our loss (in SLC), however, I also believe these young athletes are definitely deserving of an opportunity to play in the big leagues–as much due to the maturity of their mental makeup as the power of their arms.
    Best of luck fellas! We’ll miss you. . .BeesGal

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