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Prior looks good

From 17 Rows up behind home plate.

Let's see:

Prior didn't throw too hard, hit about 92 on the gun a couple times and looked like it was easy for him every pitch.  

His offspeed pitch was really working, he struck out one guy on four straight offspeeds low and away, about 84-86 mph.  He seemed to have great command, and his fastball had great movement, coming in on left handers often and really had them guessing.  He rarely threw his curve but when he did, they looked silly.  He did especially well against the meat of their lineup, which has some good hitters at least batting-stat wise.  He did not look the slightest bit nervous, and only came out because they told him to.  He seemed to want to get the last out before he left.  My friend who's also a big cubs fan cracked up with me when we realized that the guy replacing him was jerome williams.

I believe his only run was unearned, and the pitches they hit were good contact on decent pitches.  He kept the ball really low all game, and seemed to get most outs on strikeouts or groundouts.  I only remember 2 flyouts, but there may have been more.  At the plate he even had a hit I think, but blew the chance for a grand slam the inning before he left, and struck out for the third out.

He seemed to really have control, and the crowd gave him a standing O when he left, even though he played for the visitors, though the Cub fans were not so sparse, we sat around a lot of them.  He raised it cap and looked fondly on the crowd, it was classy or him.

Overall, I came away impressed by his ease in pitching, the consistency of his delivery, as I couldn't even tell what pitches were right before they curved.  He has good command, and kept the ball low and pretty much unhittable.  He seemed to really like throwing the ball right by them.  He was warmer during the middle innings than the first couple, but he pitched almost the same, even without much effort.  I will try to send some pictures and movies(they're sideways, so I will flip them, or try to).  He looked good.

My friend had a great idea.  I know it's Felix Pee-ay.  But I think Felix's nickname should be "Pumpkin".  Felix "Pumpkin" Pie.  I love it.  He can't hit a curveball, and struck out on three identical ones low and away in a row.  It prompted me to say, "That's note one of the five tools!"  I wouldn't be happier with him in center field than pierre.  At least not the way that Pie is playing right now.  If you guys ask me specific questions, I'll try to check back and answer them, but I would like him to take Rusch's next start, and he looks strong and ready to make a difference.

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