FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey turned in his second straight scoreless outing in Friday night's 2-0 win over the Red Sox and came away pleased with his results.
Pelfrey, who is only a little more than 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on May 1, tossed three scoreless frames. He gave up two hits and a walk and struck out five, including three looking.
His command showed improvement, as he said his sinker was the best it has been so far this spring. Pelfrey loaded the bases in the first inning, but he was able to get out of the jam despite not being able to turn a double play on a comebacker from Jonny Gomes.
"I had a really good sinker tonight," said Pelfrey, who has a 3.52 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts. "I think I should've realized that earlier. I think it was all I threw in the second and third inning. It was really good tonight, and I think I can have days like that where it's my strength and I can throw it 90-95 times."
Pelfrey added his elbow has continued to feel great so far this spring and that he felt good enough to go back out for the fourth inning but was told by pitching coach Rick Anderson he had already reached his pitch count limit. Pelfrey threw 58 pitches and is expected to ramp it up to about 75 pitches in his next outing.
"I felt good," Pelfrey said. "I told Andy, 'Hey, I want to keep going after three.' And he just said, 'Next time.' So we'll continue to build it up. It's a process, but I felt strong and didn't feel tired."
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