After allowing three hard hits in a row, Francisco Liriano settled down and was dominant in Monday’s rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis.
In six shutout innings, Liriano allowed just three hits, while striking out eight, including six of the last seven to finish the outing. He also did not walk a batter.
“Everything felt good,” Liriano said. “It is really good to be back.”
His fastball was sitting between 93-95, while his slider and changeup were between 85-86. Liriano allowed three hard hit balls in a row after retiring the first two hitters easily. A line drive single was followed by a double to each gap. On the first double, the base runner was thrown out at the plate to end the first inning.
Much of the negative result was due to Liriano elevating the fastball early in the outing. Though the ball did stay elevated in those first two innings, he was very pitch efficient.
“The last time out was simulated and this time out was real hitters,” Indianapolis pitching ...
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