In an effort to write more than I have been, I decided to try at least putting together “Just One Thing” about each game I cover. It might be about a particular play, an at-bat, or a guy’s walk-up song. Whatever piques my interest that game. We’ll see how long this lasts.
Maybe it was only one inning against a strikeout-prone trio of Richmond batters. But then again perhaps reliever Kyle Barraclough is starting to figure things out if Sunday afternoon’s outing is any indication.
The 29-year-old right-hander struck out the side as he buzzed through the heart of the Richmond lineup needing only 13 pitches to punch out Jalen Miller, Jacob Heyward, and Zach Houchins.
After giving up a three-run homer to Justin Turner on July 26 and subsequently returning to Harrisburg, Barraclough worked two shutout innings with one walk and three strikeouts against Hartford on Thursday night. On Sunday, the 6-foot-3 reliever looked even sharper, and it was the way he challenged the Flying Squirrels in the strike zone.
“The stuff is there it’s just a matter of repeating his delivery and commanding the baseball,” Harrisburg pitching coach Michael Tejera said. “Today he repeated his delivery very well, and the direction was good. He was consistent. You can see the results.
“It’s something he’s been working on. He wasn’t getting too much rotation on it. That’s what happens when he gets in trouble, and his command suffers.”
Sunday could be the start of seeing Barraclough returning to the form that had the Nationals trade for him in the first place.