Last Saturday, Roy Oswalt made his first Triple-A start for the Texas Rangers' affiliate. He went two innings, allowing three hits and a walk without giving up a run. On Thursday, he was hit hard, giving up five runs in four innings, with a walk and four strikeouts. As you'd expect, Oswalt said he wasn't very concerned:
"It's funny. When you throw in the Minor Leagues, they don't let you throw a lot of pitches," Oswalt said. "They swing early, and you don't get to work on a lot of stuff.
"Tonight I think out of six hits, I gave up five on first-pitch fastballs. So you try and get your fastball established and try to work on it as much as possible. But when they swing at first pitches, it's hard to work on your other pitches," he added.
There was a spot of good news*, as Wil Myers hit a grand slam off Oswalt:
* Offer of good news applies to Royals fans only.