The Thurmanator Dominator
So I wasn’t kidding about the lunch I was going eat yesterday…The Thurmanator from Thurman’s Cafe in Columbus. A restaurant featured on Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food”…and yesterday, Man Won…as in, I destroyed the Thurmanator.
Visual evidence as to my utter domination (that I’m not super proud of).
Holy Cow! Literally…I will say that once I was done, I felt ok…I was upright and walked just fine. No serious problems with the digestive process, which is nice, but I didn’t have the desire to eat until lunch time today. Needless to say, I had a salad for lunch and will have fruit or a salad for dinner. As Josh Maurer has described me, “I’m going to become a rabbit soon”.
Food habits aside, the PawSox won last night 3-1 in Columbus. Steven Wright was masterful tossing 8 shutout innings for the second straight start and picked up 4th win in 8 starts. He also struck out 8 and allowed just ONE Clippers batter to reach 2nd base. That’s remarkable.
Wright said to MILB.com after the game that, “I was just throwing the knuckleball and it was moving a lot. A lot more than it has all year. I had a little trouble keeping in the zone early on. But as the game went on, I started throwing it for strikes, and when I’m throwing it for strikes, it works pretty well.”
He also credited his improved defense as a big reason why he’s pounding the strike zone more. “A lot of it has to do with the defense. I consider myself to be a contact pitcher. That’s what I strive to be. The strikeouts are great, but for me, I want to go deep into games. If I can pitch to contact, that’s my bread and butter. The way we’ve played defense, it’s given me the extra confidence to throw it over the plate, let them hit it and know we’ll have a chance to get an out. That’s the biggest difference between this year and last year. Last year, I got caught up in being a swing-and-miss pitcher. … This year, my whole mentality is to throw the pitch for a strike all the time.”
The PawSox won their first road series since Mother’s Day weekend with the 3-1 win in Columbus and have now won three straight games (the longest current streak in the league).
The 10-day, 3-team road trip hits it’s last destination when Pawtucket plays in Toledo tonight at 7:00pm. Anthony Ranaudo is on the hill tonight looking to rebound after his first poor start since April (6 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, and 6 K in Syracuse July 5th). He still owns the 5th best ERA in the league at 2.66 and the 2nd best opposing batting average (.208). Ranaudo beat Toledo May 5th at McCoy Stadium.
The PawSox face lefty Kyle Lobstein who set a career high with 9 strikeouts at McCoy May 7th in a 4-0 Mud Hens win. That was the same night that Brandon Workman pitched into the 8th inning and the only runs and hits allowed were on four solo homers.
And finally, a belated congrats to Christian Vazquez who made his Major League debut with the Red Sox last night and played a big role in Boston’s come from behind victory over the White Sox. A well deserved honor for a tremendous defensive catcher and a great guy.
To replace Vazquez on the PawSox roster, catcher Matt Spring was transferred to Pawtucket today. Spring was hitting .233 with 6 HR and 23 RBI in 31 games with the Portland Sea Dogs.
Thanks for reading…time for some vegetables!