Standing on the mound in windy Colorado Springs I did something I've never done before. I gave up 12 singles in 5 1/3 innings, yet left the game in line for the win. The first two innings came and went without much fanfare, scattering a couple hits with a couple strikeouts and holding onto my slim 1-0 lead. Nothing felt discernibly different as the third inning rolled around. It was the same hitters and the same ballpark (if not a couple degrees cooler and a bit breezier).
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