DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jesse Litsch was feeling so good following his start on Sunday that he exited the trainer’s room singing a tune.
There was plenty for Litsch to feel upbeat about as the right-hander came through with his finest performance of the spring as against the Twins, he threw 51/3 scoreless innings, checked them on three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.
It was a marked improvement over his prior outing when against the Phillies he gave up four runs and nine hits in 31/3 innings.
“Hopefully he has another one or two more just like this and makes our decision extremely difficult,” manager John Farrell said, referring to the three-way race that has developed for the final two spots in the rotation.
“I was very impressed. He was efficient, he was down in the zone and his cutter had good life. He pitched a couple of guys backwards and then was able to locate a fastball with two strikes.”
Litsch didn’t feel he needed a bounce back game following his outing against the Phillies.
“Not necessarily,” he said. “The last one was one of those bad ones where you’ve got to get over it.”