Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article
Blake Treinen’s Sinker – The A’s closer got a little wild in the process of picking up his 24th save, but before he walked Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey, he toyed with Chase d’Arnaud via cartoonish movement.
Aaron Nola’s Curveball – Nola picked up 25 called strikes against just five swings and misses, but he had Justin Bour’s number in this first-inning at-bat, where he struck him out on three straight curveballs (two whiffs).
Dylan Floro’s Two-Seamer – Though L.A. catcher Austin Barnes deserves commendations for his frame job, Floro’s sinker featured all kinds of movement in the seventh inning against the Angels’ Justin Upton.
Craig Kimbrel’s Curveball – The Red Sox closer was the pitcher of record after shortstop Xander Bogaerts walked it off against the Blue Jays with a grand slam. Here, he caught Teoscar Hernandez whiffing to preserve the 10th-inning tie.
Andrew Heaney’s Curveball – Heaney picked up 12 whiffs Saturday—half of those by way of his curve. The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger provided the perfect framing for that hook as he fell to one knee in the fourth.
GIF of the Night
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