It's not often you'll see a pitcher record 15 of 16 outs on the ground, but that's exactly what Yankees righthander Matt DeSalvo did last night. He also whiffed four Red Barons.
DeSalvo took the loss against Scranton, but for his part he went seven innings, gave up six hits and allowed just two runs, one earned.
When he's on, DeSalvo relies on a power two-seam fastball, but his changeup might have been even better last night. He was able to command the pitch even when behind, which enabled him to induce lots of soft contact.
DeSalvo consistently threw first-pitch strikes, and even neutralized lefthanded batters, who had hit DeSalvo hard early on."The key is for him to get ahead of lefthanders," Columbus pitching coach Neil Allen said. "Because when he does, he'll throw all manner of changeups and balls with wrinkles at them."