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Blake Snell‘s Slider
Blake Snell followed up a strong game two performance with another well-pitched outing as he went five and a third innings allowing only one run while racking up nine strikeouts. He was pulled after only 73 pitches, a decision by manager Kevin Cash that became the talking point of the game. After getting Cody Bellinger to swing through a slider on the outside corner of the zone the pitch before, Snell was able to get Bellinger to extend the zone even further as he whiffed on a slider well outside.
Blake Snell‘s Curveball
Here is a look at another nasty pitch by Blake Snell, as he looked completely unhittable for most of the night. While he got Bellinger on a slider as shown above, Snell went to his other breaking ball and got World Series MVP Corey Seager to swing over the top of a curveball that totally fell off the table.
Tony Gonsolin‘s Splitter
Tony Gonsolin struck out the first batter of the game on three pitches as that ended up as the high point of Gonsolin’s performance. He would give up a home run to Randy Arozarena the following at-bat before being pulled an inning later as the Dodgers used a plethora of relievers on Tuesday. This splitter to Ji-Man Choi was well placed at the bottom of the zone, and Gonsolin would record all four of his strikeouts on the pitch.
Alex Wood‘s Knuckle-Curve
Alex Wood provided two strong innings of relief in game six as the third pitcher out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. The first of Wood’s three strikeouts came on a knuckle-curve to Austin Meadows that ended up way out of the zone, but still elicited a flailing swing from Meadows.
Julio Urías’ Curveball
Julio Urías took over for the final seven outs and did not allow a base runner. He ended the night with four strikeouts including this one of Brandon Lowe to end the eighth on a great curveball.
Julio Urías’ Fastball
The final pitch of the 2020 season was a fastball on the inside corner that absolutely froze Willy Adames. Julio Urías painted the black with a 97 MPH four seamer to seal the Dodgers’ first World Series title since 1988.