Locke pitched eight innings for the first time in his pro career last night.
Last night, Jeff Locke had a very notable outing, going eight innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, needing just 81 pitches to pull off the accomplishment. However, the start wasn't notable for Locke's stat line. It was notable because it was the first time all year that Locke has gone longer than six innings. And it's not just this year. This was the first time in Locke's career that he's pitched more than seven innings.
That's not saying a lot about a minor league pitcher. Most minor leaguers are on strict pitch counts, especially in the lower levels. What is concerning is that Locke has only gotten an out in the seventh inning three times in his AA career. By comparison, Rudy Owens has gone...
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