Haver threw just six pitches in first inning to retire the side and surrendered just two hits through is first four innings on the bump. He pitched into a fifth-inning jam, but after a quick conversation on the mound with head coach Brandon Newell, Haver got
“I was able to throw first-pitch strikes and stay ahead in the count for most of the night,” Haver said. “I just kept attacking the strike zone and it paid off. I felt good from the start and even after we fell behind the guys were able to get me the lead; after that I kind of just got in a rhythm.”
Aside from a pair of walks, Haver’s only mistake on the night came in the second inning when he left a full-count pitch hanging over the plate for Ryan Jenkins. Jenkins made solid contact and trotted around the bases after the ball inched its way over the left field wall.
“J.D. looked sharp in his first outing of the year on the road, but unfortunately the stats sheet didn’t reflect that,” Newell said. “He’s got some great movement on his pitches and uses the corners very effectively. Hopefully he can carry this type of performance into his next start.”
After falling behind on Jenkins’ home run, the Bells responded with a run in the home half of the second as Brady Locker drove in Kevin Whitehead.
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