FRISCO -- Neil Ramirez admitted that he was disappointed about being moved from Triple-A Round Rock to Double-A Frisco.
"You're always a little upset when you get moved down," Ramirez said. "It's kind of a bummer. I try to stay positive as much as I can."
Ramirez was 6-8 with a 7.66 ERA in 15 starts for Round Rock. In his first start with Frisco, Jonathan Villar hit the second pitch he threw over the right-field fence. But Ramirez bounced back, not allowing another run and giving up just one more hit in six innings during the 4-1 win, picking up his first victory in more than three weeks.
"Today was awesome," Ramirez said. "After [the leadoff homer], I told myself to settle down and keep making pitches and get guys out."
In his last start with Round Rock, Ramirez left the game with two outs in the seventh and the game tied at 1. But Willie Eyre threw a wild pitch, walked the first batter he faced, and gave up two RBI singles, saddling Ramirez with another loss. Despite that, Ramirez remains encouraged by his last two starts.
"It's definitely a step in the right direction," Ramirez said. "It's good to have good life on the fastball and keep it down. I've developed a slider, and that's been a good pitch to have in the arsenal, along with my changeup and curveball."