For the first time since becoming a starting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, Tom de Blok did last less than four innings. Not because he was limited to a pitch count, but because he was hit hard. Nevertheless, the West Michigan WhiteCaps beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-7.
It was a night to forget for Tom de Blok. The flame throwing Dutch right-hander had a tough outing last night, which did not last longer than 2.2 innings. In this Midwest League matchup between Tom’s West Michigan WhiteCaps and the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the first two innings appeared to be business as usual as Tom retired the side. But in the third inning, things went wrong big time. After giving up a leadoff walk, he struck out the next batter. But then Tom gave up a RBI double, threw a wild pitch on which A.J. Kennedy could score, gave up a double, a RBI single, a walk and a three run home run. Somewhere between those hits, Tom managed to record the second out, but he did not get out of the inning himself as he was replaced after the home run.
Buddy Reed, who replaced Tom, also gave up a home run before the final out was recorded. Due to this outing, Tom’s ERA rose from 0.92 to 1.92. Even though he gave up six runs, his WHIP is still at 0.83.
After a series of very good outings, this was a bad one. But things like this happen. It is part of the learning process. Losing is a part of baseball too and it is something you have to learn to deal with as much as winning.
Most important thing is that Tom will evaluate the game and learns from his errors. If he does, and he most likely will, this loss will be a valuable lesson.