Willie had his first start this season on Friday night. He did well, even if the box score didn't look just like he wanted it. I LOVED how this article was written about him and his performance. Here is the parts about Willie:
The Sacramento bullpen knew it would need to be stellar; one of their own made the start and was limited to a pitch count of 60. Closer-turned-starter Willie Eyre made his first start since July 5, 2009, when he pitched for the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Eyre has done it all for the River Cats this season, working as a set-up man, long reliever (throwing 3.0 innings of relief five times), and closer (six-for-eight in save opportunities)."I can't say enough how much he (Eyre) has been valuable to this team," pitching Coach Scott Emerson said. "He's been around long enough to take the ball and just pitch."
As a starter Friday night, Eyre looked sharp through three innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits. However, in the fourth Eyre gave up a lead-off walk and single before being removed. Both runs would score. Eyre threw 57 pitches, scattering five hits and a walk in 3-plus innings of work, giving up three earned runs.