Season Stats Coming into Sunday: 11-10, 4.42 ERA, 98 K
Sunday Line: L, 5.1 IP 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Nathan Moreau started game one of the Sunday doubleheader at Harry Grove Stadium and pitched into the sixth inning but was pulled after giving up a two-run homer to Jeff Kobernus in the Keys 3-2 defeat.
Moreau, who was an eleventh round pick in the 2008 draft, pitched three perfect innings and recorded 11 straight to begin the contest. The majority of the outs that were recorded by the Keys pitcher during that stretch were groundouts as he forced six Potomac batters to hit the ball on the ground.
The Lilburn, Georgia native commanded his fastball in the mid to high 80's and touched the low 90's in his start today. Moreau was caught in an umpire's tight strike zone in the sixth when he walked the lead-off hitter Francisco Soriano and then gave up the homer to Kobernus.
It was the eleventh loss of the season for Moreau but his ERA lowered to 4.38 and he reached the 100 strikeout mark for the season.
Game Quotes from Nathan Moreau
On his Performance Sunday
"I got ahead of everybody and pumped strikes and they were able to put balls in play. I just wasn't able to hold the lead for my team."
On the stellar infield defense behind him
"[Brian] Ward made a great play on that swinging bunt attempt. Dale [Mollenhauer] had two lined rockets right at him, Schoop made a great play as well."
On approach with a tight strike zone during the game and what happened in the sixth
"I didn't have to worry about it too much because I didn't go deep into counts. There were balls put in play early. The problem was when I went deeper into counts."
On what he can take from this season
"I had a really good first half. In the second half I had some arm issues but mainly just had more consistency with my off-speed stuff. I just want to finish strong."