Through six games of the League 1 season, the Heat have tried everything they could to scrape together their first win, but have come up short each time, no matter the method.
Some defeats have been particularly close, such as Thursday's 2-1 loss to
This time around, it was the Heat's offense that just couldn't get going.
"We'd been swinging it real well in all our previous games," coach
The lack of runs spoiled an otherwise stellar outing by starter
"With his arm slot and being a lefty, he gets that late tail," Johnson said. "His biggest issue all year has just been throwing strikes. He was in a groove, throwing strikes."
It was the kind of pitching that the Heat have been searching for throughout this transitional season, as the squad adjusts to youth and the challenges of facing savvy, veteran players on the other side. Workman's consistency helped keep the Heat in the game well into the late innings.
The glove work was another positive for Johnson, who stressed the importance of executing on defense before the game. In previous losses, Johnson felt repeated errors took away the Heat's chance to win. Though the Heat came up short again Thursday, Johnson said he was impressed with some of the improvement he saw, including an especially impressive diving stop by second baseman
"We worked really hard this weekend in practice on defense," Johnson said. "It showed. It was really encouraging to see them be composed and make those plays."
Johnson can only hope that the next step is the team's first win. The Heat's next chance will be in their final home game of the season, on Monday against
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