Danny Hultzen’s return to the Rainiers could hardly have gone better.
He went six innings, allowing no runs, two hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. Hultzen threw 78 pitches, 52 for strikes.
The Rainiers went on to win, 2-0, over the Las Vegas 51s.
“The big story of the game tonight was Danny Hultzen coming in here off of an injury and being able to come in here and throw six innings of two-hit baseball, one walk, six strikeouts,” Rainiers manager John Stearns said. “He really was calm, cool and collected on the mound. He had fastball command. His secondary pitches were down in the zone. If he pitches like that — if he keeps his ball down in the zone and throws like that — he’s going to have a really fine career in front of him.”
According to scouts in attendance, Hultzen threw 51 fastballs (36 strikes), 17 changeups (12 strikes) and 10 curves (four strikes). He threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 22 batters he faced.
“I’m happy with the way it went,” Hultzen said. “I’m happy to be out there again. (My changeup is) something I’ve been working on: not trying to be too perfect with it, and throwing it for a strike, and I think that’s helped that a lot. … Any movement with it is an extra bonus, but I’m just trying to throw it for a strike.”