ValleyCats focus on pitching after Sunday night win

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The ValleyCats defeated the division leader in 14 innings, but it was not good for the pitching staff.

The Cats used seven pitchers in their Sunday night win over the Spinners. That’s tough to rebound from for any baseball team, but especially in the lower levels.

That’s because the organization puts restrictions on young pitchers to prevent injury, which include limiting pitch count and frequency of outings. After Sunday’s game, manager Ed Romero already knew his hands would be tied heading into the rubber match Monday night.

“One of the guys, who is supposed to be in the rotation, has a blister, so now he can’t go,” Romero said. “So we gotta go with just one guy and the bullpen. And, basically, right now, the bullpen is very thin. We don’t have very much in the bullpen tomorrow, so we’re going to have to extend our starter and see how long he can go and go from there.”

Romero said if he has to pitch a position player at the end of the game like Lowell did Sunday night, he would likely throw Richard Gonzalez – a catcher with a good arm.

But, hopefully, Monday night’s starter, Dean Deetz, will give them a strong showing.

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