Tanner Scheppers felt like he hit a wall in the third inning he pitched Saturday. He is trying to make the transition from reliever to starter and hadn’t thrown more than 50 pitches in a few seasons.
But he reached the 50-pitch mark in the third inning and wound up throwing 57 over 2 2/3 innings. He threw 26 pitches over two scoreless innings in his first outing.
“When fatigue sets in and you’re building your pitch count, you’ve got to make more quality pitches and stay in the zone,” Scheppers said. “I was kind of around the zone and wasn’t attacking the hitters like I should have.”
Scheppers allowed one run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
As far as increasing his pitch count by almost 30, Scheppers said: “I made myself work that last inning. They wanted to see how I handled a jam and we’re building pitch counts and we’re comfortable with stretching it out a little bit. I hit a wall in the third, but you’ve got to make pitches regardless of how you feel out there.”