PROPS FOR VINNY VELO AFTER SOLID START FOR PHILS!

Vince Velasquez had four strikeouts and held the Rockies to two runs on five hits in four innings.

By Sam Bush

Vince Velasquez cruised through the first three innings last night as the Rockies went just 1-for-10 with three strikeouts when Velasquez was working from the stretch.

In his three relief appearances this season, Velasquez walked six of the 13 batters that he faced out of the stretch. His lone walk last night came from the windup.

“He’s been working on it hard with [pitching coach] Caleb [Cotham],” Girardi said. “It’s been a focus of his work. Again, I thought Vinny threw the ball really well tonight, and that’s key, because the most important outs are when you’re in the stretch. So you have to make sure you’re locked in there.”

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