Searle starstruck after striking Dodgers out
TEAM Australia starting pitcher Ryan Searle still had stars in his eyes while yesterday recapping his phenomenal performance against the LA Dodgers on Thursday night.
Searle, who plays for the Brisbane Bandits and is also contracted with the Chicago Cubs, threw three scoreless innings against the Major League powerhouse in his team's highly-commendable 4-2 loss.
He struck out five batters and kept superstars, such as Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, quiet.
"Getting this opportunity to play against Major League players - there's nothing like it," Searle told APN.
"The facilities here at the SCG are world class.
"You might not get the opportunity to do this ever again."
Searle was not one to flinch on the mound against Ramirez, who earns $16 million a season.
Puig, an intimidating 111kg, is also seen as one of the most exciting players coming through the MLB.
"Well, you've got to have confidence in yourself. You can't go out there expecting to do badly," Searle said.
"You go out there with the expectation that you're going to do well, and you just hope you do."
Searle helped his Daytona Cubs win the Florida State League title in the 2013 playoffs, straight after returning from a long-term elbow strain.
He could soon have the world at his feet and receive an MLB call-up, but after his heroics in Sydney, he's not getting too excited just yet.
"Your career can be taken away from you at any time. Every time you go out there you don't take it for granted - it could be your last time," the Triple-A player, one below the MLB, said.
"I need to make this a good year mate. This is my eighth year of professional baseball. It's come to the point now where I really do need to start turning it on.
"I signed that new one-year contract so I need to take advantage of it as much as I can.
"You always want to make the Major Leagues."
Searle praised fellow Brisbane Bandit Tristan Crawford, who was also impressive against the Dodgers in pitching a scoreless inning, in helping him along the way.
"Tristan's been with me pretty much my whole career, in Brisbane that is," Searle said.
Team Australia's pitchers continued to fire in its 5-0 shutout over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night.
Starting hurler Tim Atherton led the way, allowing just three hits in his three scoreless frames.
"We threw 17 shut-out innings against the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks, so that was outstanding," Team Australia coach Jon Deeble said.