Instant Analysis: Frisco @ San Antonio (5/20)

Edinson Volquez was dominant on Sunday

Lone Star Dugout provides observations and analysis from Frisco's 6-0 Sunday victory over the San Antonio Missions. We also spoke with Edinson Volquez about his start on Sunday and Kea Kometani about his recent move to the bullpen.

• Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez was the story of the day in San Antonio, as the right-hander picked up his second win in as many Double-A starts this season. Volquez allowed four hits – only one of which left the infield – and walked just one over seven shutout innings. The right-hander struck out five.

"They have good hitters. They're a great team and I just made the adjustments today and was able to throw seven innings," Volquez said of his start.

Volquez proved to be on his game early, striking out the side in the first inning. The 23-year-old struck out San Antonio leadoff hitter Will Venable on a changeup to open the game. He then fanned the next two hitters on his curveball and fastball, respectively.

The Dominican Republic native had decent command of his curveball and changeup on Sunday, but it was his impeccable command of his 91-95 MPH fastball that made the difference.

"[Attacking hitters] is what I've got to do now. I have to attack the hitter early in the count and command my fastball," Volquez said.

Volquez worked both corners of the plate with his fastball and kept hitters off-balance with his excellent changeup. The hurler realizes that Sunday's outing was the kind of start the Rangers are looking for out of him.

"If I keep pitching like this, I think I'll be [in the majors] soon," Volquez said. "I don't want to be here the rest of my life. I'll just stay here and we'll see what happens after a couple more games."

• Despite being dropped to ninth in the batting order against left-handed starting pitcher Cesar Ramos, first baseman Emerson Frostad contributed with four hits in four at-bats.

Frostad, who hit a game-winning three-run homer on Friday, had three singles and a double. The left-handed hitter is hitting .303 against southpaws this season. Though he left Sunday's game in the ninth inning with a leg ailment, the injury did not appear to be serious.

• Frisco manager Dave Anderson elected to put catcher Kevin Richardson in the cleanup spot, despite his .200 average. That move paid off, as Richardson delievered with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. The home run was Richardson's seventh, tying him for the team lead.

• In Saturday night's game, reliever Kea Kometani tossed two hitless innings, recording two strikeouts. Lone Star Dugout caught up with the starter-turned-reliever after the game for a quick chat.


Kea Kometani has thrown four scoreless innings since moving to the bullpen


Jason Cole: Can you talk about the differences in the mental and physical aspects of starting and relieving?

Kea Kometani: For me, I think it's just a little less thinking when you're in the bullpen. I just go out there and give it everything I've got for one or two innings. Maybe three innings, but not too often. When I was starting, I was thinking too much. I was holding back for some innings, trying to pace myself. Maybe I should have just gone all out until I ran out of gas. For now, I think being in the bullpen is a real good change for me.

Cole: Do you know if it's a permanent move or just temporary?

Kometani: I'm not really sure. I'm just kind of going with it. I'm trying to do whatever I can to get going and get on the right track to help out this team out of the bullpen.

Cole: Do you throw harder or change your repertoire when you're relieving rather than starting?

Kometani: I think I'm definitely throwing a little harder because I'm putting in a little more effort on my fastball. I was kind of working on a changeup that was so-so. I didn't throw it in a game too much, but that has kind of been cancelled now that I'm in the pen. I already have three pitches, and you don't really need four out there.

Cole: What are your thoughts on your outing tonight?

Kometani: Tonight I felt pretty good. I was able to get all of my pitches going. My split was my go-to pitch last year, and it's still kind of coming around. I don't feel like that's been at its best lately. Fastball-wise and my slider, I've been able to get them over for strikes. I was even able to throw my split for strikes tonight.



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