Nick Kingham got too comfortable throwing his fastball tonight.
Nick Kingham got off to a good start early in his high-A debut. He retired his first nine batters in order, getting three strikeouts in the process. Kingham was in total command, allowing only one ball to leave the infield, and getting a lot of ground ball outs. Then the right-hander ran into trouble in the fourth inning.
After giving up a leadoff double, Kingham allowed a single through the hole on the left side. Alen Hanson was staying close to the bag to hold the runner, and the ball rolled past him, right around where he'd be standing with no runners on. Kingham walked Miguel Sano to load the bases, then issued a wild pitch to bring in the first run. That prompted a visit to the mound from pitching coach Justin Mecca...
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