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 t...

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