MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher C.J. Edwards is attending his first major league spring training camp and is documenting it periodically with diary entries for ESPNChicago. Today’s third installment is about his first outing in a game this spring. He retired the San Diego Padres in order in the eighth inning of Monday’s 6-3 loss while striking out two.
I prepared like normal. Nothing special. Just have to get mentally ready. I didn’t do anything different the night before or anything. It was just one inning, so I was ready. I like to go into the game with a blank mind. I don’t like to talk too much, just focus.
I was nervous of course but it wasn’t to the point where I couldn’t control it. You’re always nervous the first time being out there. My goal was to stay in the strike zone. I did that. Let them get themselves out is what I was thinking. It was my main focus the first time out.
I got the first guy out on a curveball. I guess it was a good one. I can only control it in my hands. After that, I don’t know. I started out with a few fastballs and got them over. Then came the curve. The next batter was the same approach. Start him out with a strike, but this time I started him out with a breaking ball because some guys you can read it in their eyes they might be looking for something fast. So it was just a feeling. I got ahead of him and then went back to the curveball to get him.
The third guy, I started off with a changeup and it took just two pitches and he rolled over to first. Walking off the mound it felt great because everything I’ve been working on came together for one inning. And my arm felt great. But it’s just another day at work. Nothing more. Did my job. I got a few fist pumps and a ‘good job’ by Chris Bosio. Now it’s time to get ready for the next one. I went home and relaxed. I heard from a lot of people that were listening back home. A lot of congrats and stuff. I’ll pitch in five days. Maybe go two innings.