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Clayton Kershaw‘s Slider
It took Clayton Kershaw an inning to find the feel for his breaking pitches, but once he did he was lights out. Seven of Kershaw’s eight strikeouts came on his slider, including this one of Manuel Margot to end the fourth.
Tyler Glasnow‘s Curveball
Tyler Glasnow’s final line ended up pretty rough as he gave up six earned runs in four and a third innings of work. Outside of Cody Bellinger’s mammoth home run, Glasnow limited hard contact but was hurt by the six walk he issued. He did end the night with eight strikeouts however, and got Will Smith to whiff on this big breaking ball.
Tyler Glasnow‘s Fastabll
While Mookie Betts was arguably the MVP of game one, Tyler Glasnow got the better of him in this at bat. Glasnow followed up back to back curveballs with a 99 MPH fastball at the top of the zone to beat Betts and get the strikeout.
Dylan Floro‘s Sinker
Dylan Floro relieved Kershaw in the seventh and struck out the first batter he saw in Austin Meadows. He got him to chase a 3-2 sinker that continued to run out of the zone. That would be the only out Floro would record as he was pulled after giving up back-to-back hits.
Joe Kelly‘s Slider
Joe Kelly finished off the Rays on Tuesday night throwing a clean ninth inning on only ten pitches. He drew the count even on Manuel Margot with a well-located slider at the bottom corner of the zone.