Bottom 5th: Pimentel Escapes

Julio Pimentel looked like he was about to get out of the inning after just five or six pitches, but it is the Futures Game, so maybe the Royals righthander just wanted to get as much exposure as he could.

After Pimentel got Indians (my reflexes still make me write Brewers instinctively) outfielder Matt LaPorta to ground out to first base on the first pitch (a fastball) and Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler to lift a lazy fly ball to right on an 83 mph changeup.

Pimentel got ahead of Rangers catcher Taylor Teagarden 0-2 on a pair of low-90s fastballs, but he threw four of the next five pitches out of the strike zone (the other was fouled off) to walk Teagarden. Phillies shortstop Jason Donald smashed a ground ball past the left side of Reds third baseman Juan Francisco for a single, putting runners on first and second with two outs.

Pimentel evidently had a pretty good scouting report on Phillies outfielder Greg Golson: offspeed, offspeed, offspeed. Pimentel went after Golson with an 83 mph changeup (strike swinging), 78 mph curveball (foul) and back with another 79 mph curveball for the swinging strikeout.

Pimentel’s fastball sat in the low-90s, touching 93, while the curveball ranged from 83-84 and the curveball was 78-79.