Jorge Carrazco was so good Friday he was pitching backwards.
And it left the Desert Vista lineup feeling awkward.
The Mountain Pointe right-hander had such a good breaking ball against the Pride’s rival that he was able to keep the Thunder hitters off-balance on his way to pitching a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win.
“The guy was throwing his breaking ball for strikes and his fastball for strikes,” Pride coach Brandon Buck said. “It just goes to show you don’t have to throw 95 to be effective. If you can locate an off-speed pitch for strikes you are effective. We could pitch them backwards and lead them off with a breaking ball.”
Carrazco allowed singles in the third, fourth and sixth innings but a baserunner only reached scoring position twice all game, which ended on a nifty 6-4-3 double play.
He finished with six strikeouts with a walk and two hit batters to improve to 3-0.
“With a good hitting team like Desert Vista you can’t just pour fastballs over,” he said. “It played a big role in keeping them off balance. I feel like I pitch better in a closer game. I didn’t worry about the score. I just made my pitches.”
Mountain Pointe improved to 14-4 and Desert Vista dropped to 16-5.
The Thunder countered with Utah right-hander Tyler Viza, who allowed only two solo home runs in his six innings. He struck out four and walked two.
He gave up a solo shot to catcher Christian Bitar in the fifth inning and then second baseman Brantley Bell went deep to center in the sixth inning for a 2-0 cushion.
“I felt like I got it, but I am used to hitting doubles so I hustled out of the box,” said Bitar, who connected for his second of the year.
Thunder coach Stan Luketich said the Thunder, who had won 10 straight coming into the game, played well but sometimes the other team is just better on that day.
“They got the key hits and their pitcher did a really good job,” Luketich said. “They did a better job than we did.”
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