Tough Night for Poncedeleon

(Busch Stadium) After throwing 10.1 consecutive innings without a hit against Cincinnati, the Reds broke through against Daniel Poncedeleon. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie allowed six straight batters to reach base and three runs across the plate en route to a 4-0 win for the visitors.

“I’m not real sure, I think I lost just the arm slot of my fastball,” said Poncedeleon. “I was getting a little on the side of it. I was getting more lateral run, which equals more barrels because it will run right into the righty barrels and right into the lefty’s barrels.”

Added to the active roster before the game, the loss was the first of Poncedeleon’s career. He finished with a line of 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, and 4 Ks (73 pitches/48 strikes).

“Usually when I start getting hit like that, my ball loses its life,” said Poncedeleon. “It starts having the fade to it and that just doesn’t equal good stuff.”

Tyson Ross came in from the bullpen and recorded a 1-2-3 double play to end the 4th inning and went on to pitch a career-high 4.2 innings of relief.

“It’s definitely an adjustment being in the bullpen after being a starter for a number of years, but I embrace it,” said Ross. “You just get your work in between on the side and stay ready.”

Making an analogy to a fireman that always has to be ready when the bell rings, Ross admits to going to bed each night thinking tomorrow could be the next day of action.

“Pretty much since I got to Miami a month ago,” he smiled. “I’m excited to be here in a pennant race and I’m feeling good physically, so I’m ready to go. I tell Gerdy everyday I’m ready to go. It doesn’t matter if I threw two innings, five innings, whatever. Physically, I’m feeling good and ready to take the ball if they need me to.”

Ross has adjusted his routine to mix in more work in a flat routine than on the mound between appearances. He has also simplified his approach when in game.

“Basically, it’s my four-seam, cutter, slider, and that’s it,” he shared. “Not messing around with two-seams, changeups, or anything like that. You don’t have to worry about going through the lineup three times and setting up hitters for later in the evening. It’s just go in there, get outs and put up some zeroes.”

In his five appearances since being picked up off waivers by the Cardinals on August 5th, Ross has now thrown 19.0 innings and allowed only 4 runs.

–The Cardinals were shutout for the sixth time this season. Tyson Ross and Matt Carpenter had the lone two hits for the team.

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