Joan Adon, the 23-year-old Washington Nationals starter, threw 43 pitches in the first two halves of his 2022 debut, but managed to extend his initial appearance with some efficient frames in the third and fourth (18 areas in total).
He had 25 pitches in the fifth game, however, after giving up a single, two walks and a Grand Slam by Pete Alonso on his 86th overall field when manager Davey Martinez went to the ball.
Adoni spoke after the exit about how he was able to work so efficiently in the third and fourth rows by sitting down and focusing on hitting the hit area.
“I think I was focusing more on the fact that I knew I had to have quick queues to make an extended exit, to enter the fifth and sixth rows without a problem,” he would explain, “so I humbled myself and focused more on trying to get out quickly. ”
Adon’s manager recounted a conversation Pitching coach Jim Hickey had with the new head coach to inspire efficient alignment.
“He had a game where he threw seven pitches because Hickey came down and said, ‘Ten pitches or less, all the shots, look what happened,'” Martinez said, “… and he threw seven pitches.
“So we have to keep committing to it and making them believe they are good enough to do it.”
The manager spoke long before the second exit for the start-up about what he was looking for in terms of improvement from Adon’s start to start earlier this season.
“For me it is not accelerating in high-impact situations, and we talked a lot about that,” Martinez said.
“When we had that turn [in his first start] where he ceased to breathe a little, “said the captain of the fifth year. down and just do your fields, and your things are so good that you will come out of the ranks and limit the damage. ‘”
Martinez also tried to emphasize to Adon the reality of pitching appearance in big directions, or simply in professional appearance, indeed.
“‘Hey, you’ll not throw zeros in every row, but you will limit the damage,’ he said.
“If we can pass a race unscathed [or] just give up a run, with our lineup we have a chance to come back, so this is something everyone should learn, because once someone gets into the base, when you are young, you may see a bit of panic , ‘Oh my God, I can not let him go to the other base, or I can not let him go to the other base,’ and the other thing you know, the wheels fall.
“So it’s the thing, I always tell them, ‘Hey, when that happens, focus on the first shot. Let’s take a hit and learn from there. ‘
“But we talked, he said he learned a lot from that and the fact that we talked a lot about his field with Alonso. [in start No. 1], about surrendering and just trying to hit, and the ball ended up right in the middle, and I asked him, ‘What did you learn?’ He said: “I still have to do my field in those situations and if I walk it, it was a run.” I ended up giving up four because I threw the ball right into the meat of the plate. ‘ And that’s good to hear from him. “He is telling me this, and I appreciated that, and that is just telling me that he is learning and wants to improve.”
In the No. 2 start for the right wing, Thursday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Adoni left with a 3-0 lead but gave up a home run and one-time walk after returning. trapped at the end of a 26-step field initially, then, after a quick, 11-tiered, 1-2-3 step at the end of the second, he delivered a single run, with two home runs, in a row, an out-kick, a double with two runs and a triple RBI, in what ended in a 24-storey third that left him at 61 steps overall after three runs.
After a 14-step quarterback in which he worked around a two-goal shot, Adoni returned to the hill at the PNC and took Ks side by side, but a free pass with two exits and only ended the exit. his in what ended a 9-4 loss to the National.
“We jumped to an early lead and went through the first game with just one run, but after that he exploded that turn,” Martinez said after the game. “And it’s like last time. It’s just the last meeting we have to go through, and that’s something I talked to him about before, just, ‘Hey, I have to slow things down. I can not speed things up. I have to make sure I throw the balls where I have to throw them. ‘
“And once again, the game accelerated with him and as I said, we went through the tournament, we turned him out, and he did very well after that, but his location was much better.”
With his fast mid-1990s ball (average 94.2 MPH), Adoni could have passed without precise command in small groups, but at the major league level, Martinez said, he will not play.
“He would leave with that, yes, and the biggest thing here is that when you get to this level, the chases go away a lot,” Martinez said. “You will get chased here and there, but when you miss your seats – the big leagues do not chase. So he has to understand that, he has to kick, he has to be around the hitting area.”