In a roller coaster season, Friday night's game again the Minnesota Twins was one of Scott Kazmir's best.
Over his last three starts he's given up 13 runs in 14 innings. In two starts prior he surrendered three runs in 12 innings.
No one said this would be easy, but when the Indians took a flyer on Kazmir and decided to sign him to a minor league contract in January, you had to wonder what kind of performance they expected.
Kazmir has worked harder than anyone to get back to his rightful spot in the blig leauges; he worked out his struggles with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League, then went to Puerto Rico for a stint in Winter ball.
A solid spring training eaned him a spot on the Indians roster. The rest, as they say, is history.
Fast-forward to Friday, and the pressure on Kazmir was more than likely at a season high. With a rough stretch over his past three outings, he really did have to come out with a stellar performance.
Against the Twins, Kazmir had agruably his best performance of the season.
Pitching at home in front of over 26,000 people, he went seven strong innings, gave up five hits, one earned run and struck out seven. And, he didn't walk a batter.
Throughout the game, Kazmir was consistently pitching in the low 90's and topping out at 94 mph according MLB Gameday. That's only an added bonus for someone who struggled with velocity over the past couple years, combined with improved control, Kazmir can only continue to improve as he gets stronger as the season goes on.
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