Goldeyes hope French's start a momentum-builder

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Goldeyes starting pitcher Parker French delivered six shutout innings against one of the league’s best offences on Wednesday night.
The Texan right-hander earned the victory over a Sioux Falls Canaries team that ranks second in batting average and third in runs scored.
French’s previous three appearances involved a couple of tough outings as well as a start that was cut short due to a rain delay.
French and his manager Rick Forney are hoping his performance on Wednesday was the start of a big second half as the Goldeyes aim to make a run at the playoffs.
“He gave us six good innings,” Forney said. “We probably could have sent him out there for the seventh. He was throwing the ball well, but it was important for me to protect his start because he had been scuffling a bit. It only takes one good start to get yourself on a roll, so hopefully that was Parker’s good start.”
Winnipeg had just taken a 1-0 lead in the first when the Canaries threatened to seize control of the game by loading the bases with one out in the second. French, however, escaped the jam with the one-run lead still intact.
“That can really swing the moment a little bit,” said Forney. “One or two base hits right there turns that into a three- or four-run inning, if not more. Being able to minimize that and keep the momentum on our side was certainly big, especially early in the ball game. And more than anything, it was big for his own confidence, because he’s run into some big innings that have hurt him. For Parker to be able to pitch out of that was certainly a big positive.”
French attributed his ability to escape the second inning on Tuesday to a renewed mental approach.
“I’ve been in that situation the last few starts, and looking back on those times I just wanted to stay in the moment,” said French. “Try to execute one pitch at a time, and it worked out in my favour. I just sat down and assessed where I was at this year (following his previous two starts), and got back to ‘aim small, miss small.’ Just picking out a small target and trying to hit it.”
The 26-year-old also credited two of his rotation mates in longtime Goldeyes left-handers Mitchell Lambson and Kevin McGovern.
“Mitch and ‘Gov’ have been really invaluable for me,” French added. “Mitch was great on Tuesday, and I asked him why has he had so much success this year? What have you been doing from the mental side? We’re two completely different pitchers, but I asked about what he thinks from pitch to pitch, and what goes into his mental work between starts.”

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