Torra Earns Pitcher of the Week Honors
Matt Torra (Photo: Chip English)

Posted Jun 1, 2009


Matt Torra's early season struggles in Moblie this year were puzzling given how well he performed there in 2008 before holding his own in Triple-A. Torra has put those troubles behind him, as he tossed 16 shutout innings this week, making him the third BayBear this year to win Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors.

Entering his May 26th start with four consecutive losses, Matt Torra had made some folks around Mobile begin to wonder whether he would regain the stuff that made him the 8th-best pitching prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization this offseason according to FutureBacks.com.

With the BayBears in the midst of what has turned into a franchise-record nine-game winning streak, Torra had his best outing of the season last Tuesday against Jacksonville as he limited the Suns to five hits and no earned runs over seven innings.

Looking to capitalize off that terrific outing, Torra hit the mound on Sunday in Chattanooga with an even better start than the one against Jacksonville. Using only 85 pitches (61 strikes), Torra tossed a three-hit complete game shutout in the BayBears’ 5-0 trouncing of the Lookouts.

Torra was in command all night against the Lookouts as he never allowed a man to reach third while rattling off six 1-2-3 innings. He now leads the Southern League in innings pitched (64.2) and complete games (2). He’s also the fourth BayBear this season to win a weekly honor, joining Bryan Augenstein, Ricardo Sosa, and Cyle Hankerd. For the week, Torra was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings. He walked one, fanned six, and scattered only eight hits.


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