Bottom 1st: Carrasco Settles Down

Phillies righthander Carlos Carrasco threw more balls (11) than strikes (eight), but escaped from the inning allowing only one baserunner and no runs.

Carrasco worked with a fastball that ranged from 90-94 mph, working mostly up in the zone. He retired the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen on four straight fastballs, then struck out Athletics second baseman Cliff Pennington on five pitches, finishing him off with a changeup. Carrasco’s changeup ranged from 83-85 mph today.

After talking Brewers third baseman Mat Gamel on four straight pitches and getting behind Diamondbacks Jamie D’Antona 2-0, Carrasco settled down and threw four fastballs to D’Antona, getting him to swing and miss at three of them up in the zone or up and out of the zone, finishing him off with a 94 mph heater.