Tepesch threw 67 pitches in the outing and lowered his spring ERA to 8.56. He's managed just a 3:5 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. Despite the mediocre spring, Tepesch is in the mix for a rotation spot after going 5-11 with a 4.36 ERA and 56:44 K:BB ratio in 126 innings last season.
"I felt like I had pretty good command the whole game," Tepesch said to MLB.com. "One inning I fell behind guys, but for most of the game I was getting ahead with all my pitches. I felt it was a pretty good outing."
Tepesch allowed seven runs on seven hits over just 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and did not strike out any batters during the outing. Tepesch is competing for a spot in the team's rotation, but didn't make the best impression. It's still early in camp, and Tepesch admitted he was trying to be aggressive during the outing.
"I was just trying to attack hitters and get ahead of hitters," Tepesch said. "They took advantage of my mistakes. I didn't really have good command. They put some good swings on some balls."
The 26-year-old posted a 4.36 ERA over 126 innings last year.
"I was just trying to do a little too much," said Tepesch, who threw a scoreless inning on 14 pitches in Sunday's intrasquad game. "I was trying to make perfect pitches and staying who I am. Getting sent down allowed me to look at what made me successful and try to own those types of things. It was beneficial. I also now know that I can only control what I do. If I stay focused on that, pressure takes care of itself."
With the addition of Yovani Gallardo, there is one less spot open in the
"There is definitely a spot open," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "You have to seize the opportunity. Nobody is given a job and once you earn a job, you still have to earn the right to stay here."
Tepesch (5-10, 4.14 ERA) has given up two earned runs in his last two starts covering 13 innings. He's scheduled to face the Athletics at home Saturday.
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