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At least one fan remembers Carlos Silva

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2009 1:18 pm

Carlos Silva lost weight, did the work, has been a good spring training teammate – and none of that mattered to a few folks watching him pitch today.

Two innings, five hits, two runs. One home run allowed, twenty-six pitches thrown.

And, midway through the second inning, a leather-lunged fan yelled ‘You’re STILL throwing batting practice!’

Had Silva thrown all zeroes and all strikes, it wouldn’t have meant all that much. That his first outing wasn’t over-powering was hardly a surprise – he’s not an overpowering pitcher.

A couple of the hits he allowed were ground balls that zipped through the infield, , as were some of the outs he recorded. That’s an indication that his sinker is a work in progress, not surprising for a first Cactus League appearance.

Some fans, however, aren’t willing to forget his 4-15 record an 6.46 earned run average last year.

Silva would love to but can’t.

Unless or until he pitches well again – and does it for a run of starts – he’s going to have to listen to those with loud voices and long memories.

Meanwhile, it’s San Francisco 2, Seattle 0.

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