Everyone has off days. Unfortunately, for the TinCaps pitchers, all five of them had less than stellar days. Put in a tough spot with a playoff spot on the line, left-handed pitcher Joey Cantillo made his TinCap debut in Thursday night's 12-4 loss to lake County. The 18-year-old went 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits.
"I'm happy to be out here. It's a really great experience," Cantillo said. "I thought I started off pretty good. I'm not going to say I lost my focus, but I lost the command on my fastballs a little bit; pitched even to count. A lot of first pitch balls. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible.
Cantillo didn't look bad. Especially, for being thrust into replacing Luis Patiño and just arriving in Indiana for the first time ever Wednesday. He got behind on the count a few different times and said he purposefully didn't throw his changeup as much because of that. He tends to incorporate his curveball when he's ahead on the count. He threw just one tonight.
TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said Cantillo looked poised in his first outing.
"He settled in pretty quickly. For the most part throwing strikes, and he had a good feel for his changeup," Contreras said. "A young kid like that jumping right in on Thirsty Thursday here at Parkview. At this point in the season where there's implications for what goes on, I thought he did all right for his first time."
The Bullpen struggled tonight. Fred Schlichtholz, Austin Smith, Danny Sexton and even catcher Chandler Seagle couldn't slow down the Lake County Bats. the Bullpen gave up 14 hits and eight runs on the night.
As the season winds down, it's obvious the TinCaps are missing some of the pitchers that got them to this point in the season. With Patiño shut down, MacKenzie Gore, Osvaldo Hernandez and Jose Quezada all on the disabled list, it'll be up to the young guys to carry them in the playoffs – if they make it that is.