Apparently, all it took was a little hair off the ears.
A newly shorn Gavin Floyd pitched 6.2 innings Sunday allowing a solo homerun as the Phillies avoided a sweep in Pittsburgh by defeating the Pirates 5 – 1.
Call it greater confidence if you will, or better mechanics if you must, but don’t call it better command. Floyd allowed eleven base runners during his stint, walking five and surrendering six hits. Give the youngster some credit for mixing up his pitches more effectively than during any other start this season and rejoice that he had his curve and changeup working more today than in the past.
Floyd wanted to go out there and think less and pitch more and he succeeded to a greater extent than any other start this season. But in the end let’s give credit where it’s due: Floyd’s barber. He lightened the load upstairs.
In other news….
Pat Burrell was named Chevrolet Player of the Game (you were expecting a generic winner???) for driving in two runs including a solo home run leading off the second inning, but the at-bat that sticks with me came in the top of the fourth inning when Burrell struck out looking with the bases loaded. Burrell never took the bat off his shoulder the entire AB. I cannot imagine a player failing to swing in that situation but Burrell managed it. Incredible.