Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today.
Gerrit Cole didn't have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn't need anything else.
"He was focused. He went out there with a focus and with intent," Clint Hurdle said of the outing. "Loved the pace and rhythm. Loved the downhill fastball. Low strikes. The breaking ball was sharp. It was a very good day for Cole."
Cole struck out the first six batters he saw. One of those strikeouts came on a check-swing against a low and away slider. Most of the strikeouts came from the fastball. Cole either froze batters with the pitch down the middle, or blew it by them for the swinging strikeout. The final batter in the second inning swung so hard that he flung his bat ten rows into the stands on the first base side.
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