Lynchburg Hillcats 9/10 Video Recap

Last night I wrote my recap of the Lynchburg Hillcats vs Wilmington Blue Rocks game, in which Lynchburg won 1-0 and tied the best of five series at 1-1. As promised, here is the video recap of the event, with every pitch thrown by the Hillcats pitchers.

Rudy Owens made the start and went six innings. Matt McSwain, Ramon Aguero, and Ronald Uviedo all pitched scoreless innings to close out the game. The recap, then some analysis afterwards. Be sure to check out the web gem by Jose de los Santos against the 15th batter from Rudy Owens, at the 54 second mark.
Final Numbers for Owens:

Total Pitches: 90
1st Inning Pitches: 13
2nd Inning Pitches: 9
3rd Inning Pitches: 16
4th Inning Pitches: 20

5th Inning Pitches: 18
6th Inning Pitches: 14
First Pitch Strikes: 12/22 batters
Strikes: 59
Balls: 31
Fastball Speed: 87-91 MPH
Final Numbers for McSwain:

Total Pitches: 9
7th Inning Pitches: 9

First Pitch Strikes: 2/3 batters
Strikes: 7
Balls: 2
Final Numbers for Aguero:

Total Pitches: 9
8th Inning Pitches: 9

First Pitch Strikes: 4/4 batters
Strikes: 9
Balls: 0
Fastball Speed: 95-96 MPH
Final Numbers for Uviedo:

Total Pitches: 22
9th Inning Pitches: 22

First Pitch Strikes: 3/4 batters
Strikes: 16
Balls: 6
Fastball Speed: I saw 92 a few times, and there was one breaking ball in the 70s.

Analysis:

This was an excellent outing for Rudy Owens, followed by three solid innings in relief from McSwain, Aguero, and Uviedo. Owens ran in to some trouble in the first inning, throwing seven balls and four strikes to the first three batters. He rebounded from there, throwing first pitch strikes to 12 of the next 19 batters, with 55 strikes and 24 balls the rest of his outing.

The Hillcats did a good job to avoid putting runners in scoring position. Only three players reached scoring position, and one of those players was gunned down at third stretching a double to a triple (second batter of the game).
Matt McSwain came on for an inning of relief. The more I see him, the more he reminds me of a Jeff Karstens type pitcher. He has the upside of a utility pitcher, who can serve as a number five starter, pitch an inning of relief, or go multiple innings.
Ramon Aguero was very impressive. He threw nothing but strikes, and it seemed like every pitch he threw was 95-96 MPH.
Ronald Uviedo came on for the save and did well, including a long battle with Clint Robinson. I saw a few speeds for Uviedo. A lot of 92 MPH, with one pitch in the 70s, and a few in the 80s. He was mixing things up very well, and has some good movement on his pitches. I think his future will be in the back of the bullpen, maybe as a future closer.

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