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Martin-Neftali-Elizabeth-Perez Return Game Impressions From Tulsa

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  Just got back from watching the home team cap a walk off comeback in the 9th off of Tyler Tufts, who despite the one out on a hard hit that should of been a routine play (because of a bad read and jump Beltre had to turn it into a nice diving grab) got shelled. He was throwing BP and the Drillers knew it after 3 pitches. 

  Perez seemed pretty sharp in his limited outing, biggest thing for me however was the 18 pitch at bat he had in the bottom of the third. With no outs and a speedy runner on first Perez quickly went 0-2 with a righty at the plate. Perez threw nasty strikes that the batter was desperately trying to get pieces of. Perez stayed high and on the corners inside and could not put the batter away, all while the runner on first was being aggressive on his leads, forcing a couple pick off throws the longer the at bat went. Perez would try and get him to chase high and outside but the count went full as he would not chase until on the 18th pitch the batter went for the high outside one, same spot as all his called balls and whiffed. What impressed me the most was Perez's composure througout the at bat, didn't seem flustered or worried...kinda had that "I got this" look. That was not the case after a first pitch lead off single in the fourth was followed by a first pitch deep homer by the next batter. Next guy up saw a different pitcher, a very pissed off pitcher...almost like Padilla use to look. Perez's intensity was ramped for the rest of the inning, but he kept everything low and controlled and did not seem like he wanted to bean a foo, just wanted to punch in some strikes. Two batters later he was pulled. 

Other things, Lemon had some great at bats and Beltre looked sharp in the outfield other than the misread in the 9th. Going aggressive and covering tons of ground. Took a few other shots while the sun was up, enjoy!

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