Familiar face takes mound for Generals
June 9, 2013 at 1:09 a.m.
Jordan Pacheco hadn't pitched in a game in nearly a month, and it showed at times against the Woodlands Strykers.
But Pacheco also looked like the pitcher that was second in wins at Texas-San Antonio this season when he took the mound for the first time for the Victoria Generals on Sunday night at Riverside Stadium.
"I felt really good, especially toward the end. I finally started getting loose and warm all that," said Pacheco, who threw two bullpen sessions in the last week. "I was able to locate my pitches a lot better and get my velocity up a lot higher."
Pacheco left after working five innings and got no decision in the Generals' 7-3 win over the Strykers.
The Victoria West graduate threw 53 of his 75 pitches for strikes and yielded five hits - four in the first inning - two walks, hit a batter and had six strikeouts.
"I saw a lot of rust," said Generals coach Stephen Flora. "Basically with him, he's a good pitcher, but with any guy, no matter how good you are, if you're not getting your regular work, you're going to have some rust."
Pacheco left UTSA before the season ended for personal reasons, but wants to pitch again somewhere next season.
He is working and attending summer school, and hopes to enroll and play at UHV in the fall.
"I want to stay in shape and try to get the scouts to look at me," he said. "I want to show them that I'm still going to play and I'm still trying."
Flora said Pacheco is likely to start every other Sunday when the Generals are at home, and have him work out of the bullpen on the weeks where he doesn't start.
"He just had work a lot of that rust off," Flora said. "He's a real quality arm so I expect his next start to be a lot smoother for him."
The Generals managed only four hits, including two by Brandon Hannon, against six Strykers pitchers.
But they benefited from 12 walks and two hit batsmen and swept the two-game series.
Trey Wall was the winning pitcher, working two innings in relief of Pacheco. Juan Cortina finished the game with two innings of scoreless relief.
Generals 7, Strykers 3
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Nolan Holland, Greg Jakusik (5), Kael Jones (5), Jake Cosart (6), Gandy Stubblefield (6), Martin Cronin (8) and Joe Olson. Jordan Pacheco, Trey Wall (6), Juan Cortina (8) and Aaron Morgan. W: Wall (1-1). L: Jones (0-1). Highlights: (WS) Conner Fikes 2 for 5, 2B, R, RBI; Landon Merka 2 for 5, 2B, R, RBI. (VG) Brandon Hannon 2 for 2, RBI, SB; Frank Cloutier 1 for 4, RBI; J. Cortina 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K. Records: Strykers 2-7; Generals 8-2.