By Sam Bush
Spencer Howard threw nine changeups out of 39 pitches and got five of six outs on them.
In the first inning, Robbie Grossman grounded out, Riley Greene struck out swinging and Willi Castro flied out on changeups. In the second, Akil Baddoo struck out looking and Jake Rogers struck out swinging on changeups.
Howard struck out Harold Castro swinging on a 95.2 mph fastball to end the second.
“All of last year was just kind of crazy,” Howard said, explaining why he lost the feel for his changeup. “Be it mechanics, my shoulder, being too focused on getting that perfect backspin, I don’t know. It was just something that happened.”