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Kylie Bunbury plays Ginny Baker.  Photo from FOX.

Last week on Pitch, viewers saw how a Nike endorsement and even more spotlight impacted the Padres’ rookie pitcher, Ginny Baker, the first female player in the MLB. It was an emotional episode that left viewers with a cliffhanger as they revealed that the photos Ginny’s ex warned about in episode three were back to bite her in the butt…her bare butt apparently.

Last night in an episode titled “San Francisco”, Pitch gave viewers another episode of baseball drama and a taste of life in the spotlight for professional athletes as the Padres traveled to face the Giants.

We finally got to see how Ginny and her agent Amelia deal with the pending release of nude photos stolen when Ginny’s ex-boyfriend and Cardinals catcher, Trevor Davis, had his phone hacked. The pair definitely got creative when Ginny came up with the idea of posing nude to combat the release and the double standard women face regarding public scandals. This brilliant plan makes me think Ginny has taken a course in public relations. But, since Blip’s comments about how nude photos of him would blow up on the internet are what really gave Ginny the idea, he should be credited with saving the day.

It seems the writers focus on a different character every week. Last night, it was Mike Lawson’s turn. When Lawson’s backup catcher is injured and the rookie catcher and Cuban phenomenon, Livan Duarte is called up, he not only posed a threat to Mike’s job, but brought a whole lot of attitude into the Padres’ clubhouse. As you can guess, this didn’t sit well with Lawson, played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Mike shows his veteran style with sly comments to the press and no reveal of tension for them to pick up on in the locker room.

When Oscar reminds Mike that Livan didn’t have the best life growing up, the catcher reflects on his own childhood. The flashbacks include a heartbreaking moment where we see Mike and his mother driving away from a man we think is just Mike’s baseball coach. Pitch’s writers gave us another twist by revealing that he is Mike’s father and that Mike and his mother are not his “main” family. It was painful to watch Mike’s face as he turns around in the car and watches as the father he never got the chance to know grew smaller in the distance. We get another painful moment near the end of the episode when Mike is parked on his father’s street and gets out of his car seemingly wanting to talk to him, only to see the man tossing a baseball around with his grandson and adult son. Mike gets back in the car and heads back to his empty home. As usual, Gosselaar’s performance was great.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson. Photo from FOX.

My top three favorite scenes of the episode are:

  1. Mike and Livan have one of what will probably be a series of confrontations off the field. The line “Yes, Captain. Thank you, Captain” was golden.
  2. Padres’ general manager, Oscar Arguella, knocked Livan down a couple of pegs for being hard-headed. He acknowledged the young player’s potential for greatness, but also gave him some tough love about his need to be a team player and to put in the work needed for a long career.
  3. The moment Ginny’s teammates walk into her photo shoot to show their support. It was heartwarming to see them have her back after she spent her early days on the team proving herself.

Less favorite part about last night’s episode? No Evelyn. Blip’s other half was missing in an episode where I would have liked to see her reaction to not only Ginny’s potential scandal, but her husband’s photo shoot. Maybe she’ll weigh in next week. And where was Eliot? You’d think Ginny would need her newly appointed Director of Social Media with a scandal knocking at her door.

In next week’s episode, “Unstoppable Forces and Immovable Objects”  it looks like Mike will be knocking heads with pretty much everyone as the front office tries to trade him and he loses his cool with Ginny. We’ll also see the return of Ginny’s brother Will, played by B.J. Britt who also starred in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as Antoine Triplett and season two of Lifetime’s UnReal. I can’t wait to see what the Pitch writers have in store for us viewers. What did you think about last night’s episode? Leave a comment and let’s discuss it.

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

 

Kira McCall covers television for MFST, you can follow her on twitter @cocovanilla45 and @kiramira_

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