Yesterday, the Phillies starter Vince Velasquez went four inning striking out ten against the Washington Nationals. Last night the Clearwater Threshers starter Jose Traverse went 4.1 innings and struck out nine against the Dunedin Blue Jays in Florida State League action.
Velasquez became the first Phillies pitcher since 1900 to record at least 10 strikeouts in an appearance that was at most four innings according to Mike Sielski of Philly.com. Read HERE.
Taveras was taken out with one out in the top of the fifth inning. He had nine strikeouts after four innings. While Velasquez relied on on a 94-95 fast ball, the Taveras fastball topped at 91 mph. He recorded several strikeouts with low 80’s off speed stuff. Watch his nine strike “threes” in his four innings HERE.
The Threshers Luke Leftwich, who is trying to make the transition to a reliever after starting last season, came on in the eight inning to blow the save opportunity by giving up five runs on six hits to take the 7-4 loss.
The two teams go at it again tonight in Dunedin’s home opener with the Threshers top rated pitcher, Franklyn Kilome, slated to make his first start of the season for Clearwater.