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MMLN – Pitching and Defense Falter in Loss
Eric Niesen replaced Claudio Vargas in the sixth inning and immediately ran into trouble in large part to an inability to retire right-handers and porous outfield defense behind him. After walking the first batter he faced, two batters later a long fly ball to Jamar Hill was misplayed, putting runners on second and third. Ezequiel Carrera fell victim to the sun on the next batter as he let a ball over his head fall, allowing to runs to score. Those were just two examples of faulty defense behind him on the afternoon, but his infield also did him no favors. Despite the shotty outfield defense, Niesen did not find any rhythm in his three innings of work as right-handers one after another ripped singles and doubles off him causing five runs to cross the plate during his outing. His two-seam fastball routinely clocked at 90-91 MPH, his...
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