SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Darren O'Day was just happy to see some movement on his pitches in a Triple-A game on the backfields in Surprise (Kansas City side) on Tuesday.
O'Day, who has struggled this spring in Cactus League play, said the key is staying down with his delivery and not coming up too soon. He went two innings and gave up a run on three hits with three strikeouts in 34 pitches. He got one strikeout on a high fastball and two on sliders (including one on a 3-2 count for a swinging strike three).
After his first inning, pitching coach Mike Maddux had a brief talk with him about his delivery and O'Day made some minor adjustments.
"When the ball is flat and you make a mistake, you'll get hit," O'Day said. "But if your ball has movement and you make a mistake, you've got a better chance of getting away with it."