Tracy High graduate Jonah Wesely made his first pro baseball start Sunday, July 21, in the Arizona League Angels’ 5-4 loss on the road to the Royals in Sunrise, Ariz.
Wesely, a left-handed pitcher who joined the Rookie-class affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels in June, waited four weeks for his first start. In an email to the Tracy Press, Wesely noted that he and the team’s trainers were rehabilitating a groin injury from the spring high school season.
"The pro ball experience thus far with the Angels has been fun yet tough," Wesely wrote, adding that workouts run nine to 12 hours a day and the team plays games every day at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, he started the game against the Royals and pitched one inning.
"I was as excited and nervous as I have ever been," Wesely wrote. "When the first batter stepped in the box, I felt a surge of adrenaline."
That first batter grounded out, and the second hit a weak grounder to third base for an infield single. The third batter hit into a fielder’s choice with a force-out at second, and the fourth batter walked, putting runners on first and second with two out.
"My first six pitches were strikes," Wesely wrote. "Once that first batter got on, I felt the game speed up on me. I concentrated on the runner and varied my holds."
Wesely said he kept his pitches low to get the third out.
The Angels took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, and the first of five relievers took over in the bottom of that inning.
The Royals tied the game in the eighth, so Wesely finished with no decision and the team’s closer took the loss when the Royals’ leadoff batter in the 10th inning hit a double, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.
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