Francisco Liriano and Jose Contreras made rehab starts for the Bradenton Marauders tonight, combining for five innings on the road against Jupiter. Below are the recaps for each pitcher.
Francisco Liriano looked sharp in all three innings tonight.
When I saw Liriano last week in a simulated game his stuff looked great at times, but he struggled with his control in the second inning. He didn't have that problem tonight. Liriano started off strong, striking out two in the first inning and throwing a 93-94 MPH four-seam fastball. His four-seam had late arm side cutting movement. He also threw a two-seam fastball which looked more like a sinker due to its late drop off the table toward the plate. Liriano got a strikeout swinging on an 89 MPH two-seamer tonight. He also threw a slider and a changeup, which were both in the mid-80s.
The second and third innings went almost exactly like the first inning. Liriano struck out two batters per inning, finishing his ou...
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