All it has taken for the righty from Down Under to experience over-the-top success was a change in arm angle.
Aussie Shane Lindsay has been working with Nuts' pitching coach Butch Hughes all season to find and hold the arm angle to give Lindsay the best command of his pitches.
In Friday's 4-0 victory over Lake Elsinore, Lindsay (2-1) found the slot and held it for seven innings, allowing three hits to go with a season-low one walk and season-high nine strikeouts.
Daniel Mayora had three of Modesto's five doubles, while Matt Repec also drove in a run as the Nuts snapped their six-game losing streak.
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"It felt fantastic," Lindsay said. "I took a different approach tonight with the mechanics I've been working on and it all came together tonight. Butch has been working on my arm slot and I've found a way to get into that slot consistently by using a mental trigger."
Lindsay allowed back-to-back singles to open the game, then retired 12 consecutive Storm batters before giving up an infield single to open the fifth. A seventh-inning walk was the only other mark on Lindsay's record.
"He was overpowering," said Nuts' manager Jerry Weinstein. "He always has good stuff, but he was exceptionally good tonight. His power breaking ball and high-velocity fastball can make it tough on hitters when he has his command. He had that and great location."
With its fourth loss in a row, Lake Elsinore fell below .500, but still leads the California League's South Division. The Storm had not been blanked this season prior to Tuesday, but now has suffered shutout losses in three of its last four games.
Modesto, meanwhile, just needed a win. And hidden in the box score was a very bright sign of life from the Nuts' struggling order. It wasn't just the five doubles.
"A bunch of the hits went to the right of second base from right-handed hitters," Weinstein said. "That's the key for us, because we've been out front of so many pitches. When you're out front of the pitch you either make weak contact or no contact at all.
"Our focus has been on staying back on the ball and letting it get a little deeper. If we get jammed, we can live with that because we'll live to hit another pitch."
Mayora got the Nuts started in the second with a double to right and scored the game's first run when Repec singled to center. Modesto added to the lead in the fifth when Travis Becktel bunted for a hit and scored from first when the relay back to the infield after Jason Van Kooten's double was thrown away.
In the sixth, Cole Garner and Mayora lined back-to-back doubles. Mayora took third on a ground ball and scored on a wild pitch. He came to the plate again in the eighth, needing one more double to become the 14th batter in league history with four doubles in a game. Instead, he drove a pitch to the warning track in right, where it was caught -- another well-hit ball to the opposite field.
Yes, a sign of life on a night the Nuts' slide came to an end.
"We needed that one," Weinstein said. "We deserved that one. We earned that one."
Bee staff writer Brian VanderBeek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.