Tonight felt a little bit different. I don’t know if Adam Godwin and Jake Bradshaw, are going to be the reason(s) why the Wingnuts will turn things around in the second half of the season, but at least they’re new. They provide, at least for one day, energy. And hope. Hope is important in baseball.
Gabe Medina. What can you say? He’s been great this season. Something seems different with him, or maybe he just blended in too much last season because the Wingnuts’ starting pitching was so good and he faded down the stretch. This year, he’s pitching more like an ace. He’s technically the No. 2 starter, but if there’s a big game that I have to win, I’d probably give the ball to Medina over Nick Singleton, the No. 1 guy.
That’s a big statement to make, and one that I just thought of. So maybe if I thought about it I’d change my mind, but Medina is a warrior. He’s emotional, but he keeps his emotions in check and focuses long enough to where he hasn’t really had any meltdowns on the mound this season.
Bradshaw got his first professional hit tonight and was rewarded with the baseball in a clubhouse “ceremony” that I did not witness. I know it happened, though, because the coaching staff was on the way to present the ball to Bradshaw as I was leaving the clubhouse. Good moment for the kid, who hasn’t played baseball since college. Congrats, Jake.
Up next: Sioux City at Wingnuts, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Starting pitchers: Sioux City, RH Mike Phelps (0-1, 3.38 ERA); Wingnuts, RH Luke Massetti (2-3, 4.21)