Dominant Rams pitching leads to split with Waterloo
WATERLOO, Ont. - Ryerson had two of the best pitched games in the OUA this season on Sunday. Caleb King and Jeremias Sucre didn’t have their best fastball, but they used their secondary pitches well to keep the Waterloo Warrior hitters off balance for 14 innings.
One day after Quinn Cumming threw an eight inning masterpiece against the Queen's Gaels, both King and Sucre threw seven innings each against Waterloo. “There is no secret to success in baseball you need depth from your starting pitching,” said Coach Jon Rubin, “both Caleb and Jeremias kept us both in the ballgame.”
Waterloo 4 – Ryerson 1
Prior to the game, King was dealing with some tenderness as a result of a pulled hamstring from practice on Wednesday. After the game he commented how it affected the lower half of his body and he didn’t have the power push off his back leg resulting in a reduction in the speed of his fastball. However, King was able to rely on his other pitches to keep the Warrior hitters off balance.
“I relied on the change up and the curveball was pretty good and started mixing that later on” said King.
King struggled in the keeping the ball down in the first three innings and this prompted a visit from Rubin. He noted some mechanical issues in his delivery and this helped King make the necessary adjustments. These changes helped King become more effective as the game continued.
King’s battery mate, catcher Chris Aubin, said it was a battle for King today, but that he was able to persevere and become stronger as the game went on. “He struggled with his command early on, keeping the ball down,” said Aubin. “He came around in the middle innings and his best inning was his last inning.”
In the third inning, with the help of a couple of errors and some well placed hits the Warriors scored two runs. These were the only runs King surrendered in the game. On the other side, the Rams struggled to get things going off the Warriors starter, right-hander Sam Goindi. After the game the Rams hitters said he mixed his pitches well, got ahead of the batters but didn’t have unhittable stuff and the team should have performed better.
Ryerson hit the ball hard many times in the game but had very little to show for it. They were robbed of a scoring opportunity with an outstanding running catch by Waterloo rookie centre fielder Jordan Carthy, off the bat of shortstop Phil Seguin. Also RJ Mienkowski crushed a Goindi fastball that appeared to be a run scoring single but was snagged by Warriors shortstop Erik Werner.
Waterloo would score two more runs off the Rams bullpen in the eighth, to seal the victory 4-1.
Ryerson 3 – Waterloo 2
Jeremias Sucre was the story for the Rams this weekend. After saving game one against Queen's on Saturday, he was asked to take the mound for game two against the Warriors. After pitching the day before he wasn’t able to throw his fastball with the usual velocity against Waterloo. But just like King, he was able to effectively rely on his other pitches to keep Waterloo hitters off balance to go the distance in a 3-2 Rams win.
“Today coming in here I felt my arm a little tired by not that tired,” said Sucre. “Today the fastball wasn’t as alive as last game but my curveball was pretty good today. That is how I got guys out to fly out, ground out and strike out.”
Sucre worked well with his battery mate, catcher Jon Fagnola, who praised the pitcher for his ability to locate the fastball when needed. “We (Sucre) were able to mix pitches well starting off,” said Fagnola. “Obviously in the first couple of innings you want to get a feel for the hitters.”
Fagnola also helped Sucre out at the plate being instrumental in all three Ryerson scoring situations. He drove in a run in the fourth and walked to start the rally in the seventh that would eventually win the game for the Rams.
In the seventh inning, Fagnola worked a one out walk and was lifted for pinch runner Jared Armstrong. Pinch hitter Anthony Fera singled Armstrong to third and then Chris Aubin dropped a well executed bunt down the line to drive in the winning run. Aubin said after the game that the decision to bunt came from a discussion with the third base coach prior to the at bat.
Ryerson may not have been in the position to win the game had it not been for the game saving catch made by RJ Mienkowski in the previous inning. With the bases loaded two out, Sucre gave up a line shot down the third base line destined for the corner. Mienkowski dove to his right and speared the ball on the line. That seemed to energize the bench and the next inning they would take the lead and win the ball game.