Ex-Rock standout pitcher Lou Trivino set for first professional start
Former Rock pitching standout Lou Trivino, the 11th-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in this year's amateur baseball draft, is scheduled to make his first professional start tonight (Monday) at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio
NILES, Ohio – Former Slippery Rock University pitching standout Lou Trivino said Sunday he's "eager and excited, but not anxious" to make his first professional start.
First pitch for tonight's New York-Penn League, short-season Class A game between the Trivino-led Vermont Lake Monsters and hosting Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Vermont is the short-season Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, while the Scrappers are members of the Cleveland Indians' organization.
Trivino said he will be limited to 65 pitches or five innings, whichever comes first, in his initial pro start.
Trivino prepared for tonight's start by pitching four and one-third innings in his last outing, a July 10 relief performance at Batavia (N.Y.). He allowed two earned runs on two hits, struck out three and walked one in that outing.
A 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander who pitched three seasons at SRU, Trivino has compiled an 0-1 record and 3.86 earned run in four relief appearances to date. He has recorded eight strikeouts and walked six in 11.2 innings thus far.
The 11th-round (341st overall) pick of the A's in this year's amateur baseball draft, Trivino made his professional debut June 23 in a home against the Boston Red Sox's single-A affiliate, the Lowell(Mass.) Spinners. He struck out one and gave up one hit in two innings.
"I was working on pure adrenalin that night," Trivino said. "I was throwing hard, but I really didn't know where the pitch was going. I was too excited. The next game, I settled down and I've been fine ever since."
Coming out of the bullpen has "definitely been a different experience" for Trivino, who said "I think I've pitched in relief maybe three times before this summer."
The biggest difference, according to Trivino, is the amount of time he gets to warm up. "You have to make sure you're always stretched and ready to go. Thus far, I've been able to do that."
The bottom line, Trivino said, is "no matter whether you are the starter, reliever, closer or middle-inning guy, you're living the dream. You're playing professional baseball."
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