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Neshek entered the game with one out and a runner on first. He got Omar Infante to hit a grounder to shortstop Stephen Drew, who almost turned a double play, then struck out Austin Jackson to end the inning. As he jogged off the mound he tapped the patch with his son’s initials on his sleeve, looked up, and exhaled.
“Yesterday I said to get on the baseball field you don’t really think about anything else, but tonight I was thinking about it,” Neshek said while fighting back tears. “It sounds so cliché but I felt like I had someone looking down on me and helping me.”