FORT MYERS, Fla. — Aaron Cook pitched five very efficient innings facing Double-A Tampa Bay hitters.
He threw 68 pitches and got 11 ground ball outs. Cook, who may start the season in Pawtucket, allowed five hits and one run.
Cook, was almost too efficient. He threw eight pitches in retiring the first three batters in the first inning against. Because it was so quick, he stayed out for three more batters and got six groundball outs with 13 total pitches for six batters. In essence, he pitched two innings in one.
The efficiency continued as Cook retired two more hitters on ground outs before allowing an infield single. Cook struck out a batter and threw 12 pitches, eight for strikes.