Ian Kahaloa started Game 1 of the Pioneer League Championship Series in Billings tonight. The right hander has pitched well all season for the Billings Mustangs (and briefly to begin the year for the AZL Reds), including a dominant outing in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs where the 18-year-old struck out 10 batters with just one walk in 7.0 innings as the Mustangs took home the win.
After winning the best-of-three game series and having several days off between the two series, Billings sent Ian Kahaloa back out to the mound on normal rest to kick off the series against Orem. Things started well as he struck out two batters in a perfect first inning of work. The second inning was a bit tougher for him as he allowed a hit, stolen base and then threw a wild pitch that brought in a run. In the third inning he tossed another shutout frame and had a strikeout.
At that point he had thrown just 40 pitches but he was replaced to begin the 4th inning by right hander Zac Correll. There hadn’t been any sign of injury to Ian Kahaloa, but sometimes you can’t see those things from the press box – both the Mustangs announcer and some of the local newspaper writers couldn’t see any signs of anything.
However after about 20 minutes after being removed from the game he would send out a tweet, noting that his forearm was “screwed” – I’ve edited the tweet to replace a word with screwed. Update – the tweet has been deleted, but here’s what it originally said:
Hopefully it’s not a serious issue. At this point it would just be speculation on what it could be (and when it’s a forearm feeling, it could be a whole lot of things – from not too serious to something quite a bit more serious). I won’t speculate on it beyond that, but let’s all hope that it falls on the not-so-serious side of the ledger.