Jeff Locke made a rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, coming in to the start with the goal of six innings or 100 pitches, depending on what came first. He ended up reaching the six innings easily without worrying about the 100 pitches, all due to strong fastball command and an approach to pound the strike zone. Locke gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings, with ten strikeouts. A lot of the strikeouts were coming off the fastball, and seven of the strikeouts were swinging. Locke's fastball was in its normal range of 90-94 MPH, according to multiple radar guns.
"We threw a lot of fastballs," Locke said about his outing. "A lot of fastballs in to righties. A lot of the stuff that made me successful last season, [I] kind of benefitted from tonight."
Locke threw 82 pitches, with 59 going for strikes. To get his 100 pitches, he went to the bullpen after his outing, throwing 20 more pitches after a brief break following his final inning. Locke was effective...
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