"It was one of my better outings," Holmes said. "I think I made some improvements today and I'll move on. There are some good and I just hope to bring it again next time. I'm on a pitch count so I hope to get my five innings and hopefully give my team a chance to win."
Holmes did just that, but didn't get any help from the Power bats, who had been tearing the cover off the ball during the team's winning streak. In five of those wins, the Power scored at least eight runs.
Monday, the Power could only muster three hits, a double from Bell in the fourth inning as well as an infield single from Max Moroff and a single from Bell in the eighth.
Power pitching coach Jim Johnson liked what he saw out of Holmes on Monday.
"I saw a big improvement," Johnson said. "In the past, we have made some adjustments and I thought we were on the right track, but the game sped him up. I could see him try to bring those to the game today. He did really good."
Johnson, along with Holmes, have been putting in the extra time, to try and get the standout pitcher back to the level he needs to reach.
"He's not afraid but at times he gets a little fast," Johnson said. "Today was a big improvement in that regard. He kept his tempo good. When he did have at bats that didn't go his way, he was able to regroup. In the beginning, he was trying to do too many things. We have simplified things."
Johnson is hoping Holmes' solid start Monday is a sign of things to come.
"Today is definitely a day we needed to get him going," Johnson said. "He has seen it work now. There's some confidence involved, which helps. He will be really good in the second half for us. I think we are in a good spot."