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Monday, July 19, 2004

A Comer in the AA EL

Saturday Night I saw a whale of a pitching performance by Patrick Misch, a left-handed pitcher for the Norwich Navigators (SF Giants). On a beautiful summer night (bat night and Cub scout sleepover for the kids), Misch, from Northbrook, IL, struck out seven batters and did not allow a walk in a complete game five-hit shutout against the Bowie Baysox (Orioles) at Dodd Stadium (Norwich fans were happy with the 11-0 win). While not overpowering (86mph), Misch had pinpoint control, changed speeds on command (including a very deceptive change-up), and has a wonderful curve ball. [My take: reminds me of Tom Glavine, even to his delivery.]

Misch, according to the team’s web site, currently has a league-best three shutouts this season, including two nine-inning complete game shutouts. He is also currently ranked among the league leaders in innings pitched (116), ERA (2.48) and strikeouts (92). He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 7th round of the June 2003 draft out of Western Michigan University.
If you get a chance to see him at an EL stadium near you - Go.