Drew Storen tinkered with mechanics throughout spring training, analyzing each outing and trying to recapture what made him successful for most of last season. By the end March, he felt like he had found that. And he hasn’t changed since. “I know what I need to do to be effective,” he said.

Even though he took the loss last night, Storen pitched “the best he’s thrown” all year, Manager Jim Riggleman said. Storen’s undoing began only with an error on a shallow pop to right. He hit 96 miles per hour with his fastball consistently, locating it where he wanted. Before yesterday, Storen had been throwing mostly 92-94 mph, which he said is normal for this time of year.

“It’s about feel,” Storen said. “I did feel like I was throwing harder. Velocity is going to come with time, as you go through the season. In spring training, you’re not going to have the same velocity.”