Blink and you might have missed this Yanks strikeout
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Good morning, good afternoon, good night.
Wandy Peralta has always been a master at disrupting hitters’ timing, and with a new pitch timer in place, the Yankees left-hander can operate at hyperspeed.
Peralta struck out the Pirates’ Tucupita Marcano on three pitches in the second inning on Thursday, an at-bat that took less than 20 seconds.
“You know what, it’s right up his alley,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after his club’s 9-1 Grapefruit League win. “It just gives him something else to mess with.”
A 31-year-old veteran entering his eighth big league season after stops with the Reds, Giants and now the Yankees, Peralta showed how he can use his guile and the new rules for a devastating combination.
He fired an 85 mph slider that surprised the 23-year-old Marcano with a quick strike one, then zipped a 94 mph sinker over Marcano’s swing for strike two. Peralta finished the at-bat with a changeup that froze the Pittsburgh outfielder for strike three.