Goats' Goudeau perfect for six innings
Ashton Goudeau woke up Tuesday feeling a little sore. He tossed six innings of three-run ball the night before, but that wasn't the problem. It was cold in Portland, Maine. The temperature at first pitch was 45 degrees and dipped into the 30s overnight. So the right-hander took it easy
"Your body gets tired and you gotta listen to it," Goudeau said.
The 26-year-old retired all 18 batters he faced in Double-A Hartford's 5-3 win over New Hampshire on Saturday at Dunkin' Donuts Park, his first start since that chilly trip north. He fanned five and lowered his ERA to 1.97.
"Location of the fastball was good today," Goudeau said. "We were focusing on the inner part of the plate, and I was able to hit those spots early on. That kind of opened up the outside corner for the off-speed, especially the curveball and the changeup."
Goudeau (3-2) -- under clear skies and in 74-degree conditions -- won the battle in big spots from the outset. He threw at least two balls to each batter in the first inning, falling behind against two of them. But he fanned
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Goudeau felt good at that point, having thrown 49 of 70 pitches for strikes. "Man, this is crazy," he thought. But he tried to focus less on the looming milestone and more on whom he'd face in the seventh. He didn't get the chance.
"You just try to keep it in the back of your mind," he said. "Just try to execute and stay in the present."
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The Newport, Arkansas, native is pitching for his third organization in 15 months. He was traded from the Royals -- the club that selected him the 27th round of the 2012 Draft -- to the Mariners last March. After pitching for three Seattle affiliates in 2018, Goudeau elected free agency in November. He didn't know what to expect.
It did not take long for him to get a call from Chris Forbes, the Rockies' assistant director of player development. Forbes sold Goudeau on Colorado's developmental process and desire to craft a Major League roster that's built from within the organization. Old coaches had good things to say. His family supported the move.
So, free agency lasted all of a fortnight.
"You're shooting to get a call the first couple weeks," he said. "You try not to think too much about it. You try to go about your offseason like you would like normal, like years before. Thankfully, I got the call."
The decision to sign with the Rockies paid off. Goudeau's best ERA was 3.22 in 2015, and he's more than a full run better than that in eight starts this year. The 103 punchouts he recorded in 2016 marked the only time he's reached triple digits, but he's already struck out 50 batters while walking only six over 45 2/3 innings.
Hartford's bullpen lost the perfect game on the first pitch after Goudeau's exit, when Wall led off the seventh with a double to center against
But Hartford had piled on five runs over the first six innings, getting RBIs from
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