Chris Schwinden – 200th Goldpanner to Major League Baseball

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Chris Schwinden, starting pitcher for the New York Mets, is shown here as an amateur ballplayer in a scouting video from the 2006 season. Chris is shown pitching a shutout for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks ballclub… a team which has now sent 200 players to the major leagues — a record not even remotely challenged by any other amateur baseball team.

Schwinden sparks Panners victory

Chris Schwinden pitched eight scoreless innings and Mark Thompson continued to provide an offensive spark as the Alaska Goldpanners beat the Anchorage Bucs 9-1 Saturday at Growden Memorial Park.

Schwinden, who allowed one run through nine innings in his last start, spread five hits over eight innings while striking out three.

“(Schwinden) mixed speeds on us,” said Bucs head coach Mike Garcia. “He did a really nice job of throwing first-pitch strikes with all three of his pitches. He kept us off balance. He did a nice job.”

The low strike out total was all part of Schwinden’s strategy–let them hit the ball and trust your defense to do the rest.

“I’m trying to let them hit the ball,” Schwinden said. “I’m trying to let them get themselves out, and they did.”

The strategy worked well for Schwinden, who had good break to his curveball, giving plenty of chances to a Panners defense that committed five errors Friday but played mistake-free baseball Saturday.

And according to Schwinden, it’s the defense and not him that deserves the credit.

“I could have been better,” Schwinden said. “On 0-2 pitches, I could have put them in better spots. All in all, our offense did great and our defense was there with me.”

The Bucs only got three runners into scoring position during Schwinden’s eight innings and only threatened to score in the top of the seventh.

Bucs first baseman Jason Castro lead off the inning by lacing a single to right field, and advanced to third on a Robert Taylor single. But Schwinden got catcher Kyle Henson to ground out to second, ending the threat.

Staff Writer Adam Raeder

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