The Wizards nearly continued their struggle in the first inning, as Jeremy McBryde found himself with runners on second and third with one out, but he was able to come back and strike out the next two to get out of the inning.
“It’s no question this is what Jeremy is capable of doing, he showed a lot of heart in the first inning,” said Wizards’ pitching coach Tom Bradley. “He was mixing his pitches well, probably still didn’t throw quite enough changeups, but threw some to get outs and to get ahead in the count.”
After Mat Latos, McBryde a draft-and-follow selection by the Padres in 2007, may have as much upside, or raw “stuff”, as any pitcher within the organization.
That was the most trouble he found himself in all day, as he retired the next ten batters in order and in the fourth, all on three pitches or less. The big right-hander from Oklahoma ended up going five strong innings, fanning five with no walks and allowing no runs.
“I spotted up with my fastball pretty well and was able to vary my pitches,” said McBryde. ‘My slider wasn’t so good, but I was able to hit my spots with my fastball which got me through.’
Right fielder Danny Payne, who just came off of the disabled list, was able to contribute with a low liner to center field to bring in Luis Durango, who scored two of the Wizards four runs.
“It’s nice to be playing again all these guys are coming up on 200 at-bats and I have 40,” said Payne.” I only had about four or five games in Arizona so I’m still trying to get comfortable.”
In the third, Dayton pitcher Kyle Lotzkar walked three out of the first four batters that he faced in the inning before left fielder Yefri Carvajal hit a big two-out double down the left field line to bring in two.
In the sixth, second baseman Anthony Contreras hit into a double play but was still able to bring in designated hitter Felix Carrasco.
In the eighth, Dayton scored its first run when shortstop Lance Zawadzki misplayed a pop up into left field, which resulted in the Dragons centerfielder coming home. Relief pitcher Bryan Oland was able to bounce back from the fielding lapse and struck out the next three batters.
The Dayton run in the eighth was the single run the Wizards’ allowed all day as the bullpen continued what McBryde began striking out seven over the next four innings as the Wizards’ staff did not allow a single walk.
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