Micah Kellogg is scheduled to take the mound today for the first-place Tigers when they meet the second-place Yankees in a Northeast Division Gulf Coast League baseball game.
The Southwestern Central School and Jamestown Community College graduate is hoping for a little ''payback.''
Judging from his most recent performances, don't bet against him.
Lakewood native Micah Kellogg hasn’t allowed an earned run in his four starts for the Gulf Coast League Tigers.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-hander has shrugged off a rocky start to his professional career and enters today's contest on quite a roll.
In his last three appearances - all starts - Kellogg has worked 13 innings, given up only four hits, no earned runs and three walks, while striking out 10. For the season, he sports a 1-0 record and a 3.32 earned run average.
''I'm just trying to finish strong,'' he said via cell phone on Tuesday night. '' ... I'm just thankful (the Tigers) have stuck with me and given me opportunities. I think they understand that you're going to have a bad day here and there.''
After breaking the thumb on his pitching hand in spring training, Kellogg successfully rehabbed the injury, but surrendered seven earned runs in his first four appearances - all in relief. Against the Yankees on July 5, he didn't retire a batter and, less than two weeks later, he gave up four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays.
Ever since then, however, Kellogg has been sharp, commanding his sinking fastball, while mixing in an effective slider and changeup.
Overall, he has appeared in seven games, including four starts, yielded 17 hits in 19 innings pitched, struck out 15 and walked six. In his starts, however, he has been virtually unhittable, yielding only seven hits in 15 innings, striking out 13 and walking four. He has yet to allow an earned run.
''My fastball is more of a sinker and I'm able to pitch to contact,'' he said. ''I'm not afraid to throw it over the middle. I feel I can get an out either way.
''It did take a little while to get a solid rhythm. ... I'd just like to keep it going, you know?''