Jones Battles, Dominates

If you cover a team long enough, you get a good feel for the guys and have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to tell you after the game.

Jason Jones, for example, frequently says he had to battle and that at least one of his pitches wasn’t really working for him, generally his “splitty.”

The issue here, of course, is that Jones is now 9-3 with a 2.28 ERA.  The biggest thing he’s had to battle this season is probably indigestion.  He’s flat out on a roll, and is making it look easy.

And believe it or not, he actually seemed to agree.

“Today, most of the stuff was working,” he said.

“Curveball was working well, splitty was good, slider was good, location was good.  I executed today pretty well.  Today was a good day.”

Jones allowed just two hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking none.

“Jason Jones was outstanding,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin.

“That was best I’ve seen him.  He had command of everything, and he was very efficient with getting guys out when he had an opportunity to get them out.  He made pitches all night.  It was just great, just outstanding.  He could have pitched anywhere tonight.”

When asked what specifically was working for Jones tonight, pitching coach Scott Aldred — who agreed with Franklin that this was the best they’ve seen him pitch — said it was his command of all four pitches.

“He has no patterns when he pitches,” Aldred said. 

“They had no idea what was coming.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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