Typical Jason Isringhausen Inning

St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen pitched his first inning in Grapefruit League competition Thursday, as you might expect, it wasn't boring.

Recovering from hip surgery from last September, Jason Isringhausen made his spring debut on Thursday, starting the game, he pitched a scoreless inning, before giving way to Cardinals starter, Adam Wainwright in the second.

It was anything but boring, the first batter reached first on an error by Izzy, followed by two singles to load the bases with nobody out.

Then the Cardinals closer got the Dodgers third baseman Andy LaRoche to pop out to second. He struck out right fielder Andre Ethier for the second out, before getting left fielder Matt Kemp to line out to left to end the inning.

The thing that stood out today, that had been a problem early on in spring training, was his control, of Jason's 16 pitches today (he was on a 25 pitch count limit), an amazing 14 were for strikes.

He told reporters after the game, "It's something that I struggled with last spring and all year — was my control," Isringhausen said. "I'm able to make better pitches now.

All in all it was a good outing for Izzy, who looks like he'll be ready for opening day.

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