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. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Cory Gearrin’s Fastball – Gearrin relieved Matt Cain in the top of the 6th and promptly struck out the side with well placed Fastballs and Sliders. Watch as he gets Brandon Drury to swing right over the top of this perfectly placed Two-Seamer. (Thanks to @edccmu22 for the tip!)
Hector Neris‘ Splitter – Potentially fighting to replace Jeanmar Gomez as the Phillies closer, this Splitter to Lucas Duda is a great example of why he might step into the closer role. It looks like it’s going to be just above the knees down the middle and falls down and away leaving Duda waving at nothing but air. (Thanks to @MattOrsi25 for the tip!)
Zack Wheeler’s Curveball – After enduring a grueling road back from injury, Wheeler got his first win since 2014 last night. Watch the 12-6 action on this curveball that completely fools Odubel Herrera. (Thanks to @jfmclooney for the tip!)
Matt Cain’s Fastball – Matt Cain had 6 strikeouts in 5 innings of work and after a rough first settled in. Watch the look on David Peralta’s face as Cain’s Two-Seamer he thought was headed for his hip ends up on the inner third for strike three.
Hunter Strickland’s Curveball – A.J. Pollock had a rough day, he lost his bat swinging at a Matt Cain Curveball earlier and you can tell Strickland was paying attention. This hook looks like it’s coming right down the middle and ends up bouncing just behind the outside corner of the plate, bringing Pollock to his knees and making him look foolish once again. (Thanks to Redditor falloutranger for the tip!)
Danny Salazar’s Fastball – Striking out 11 on the night, Salazar was still saddled with the loss. Check out this deadly full count Two-Seamer to Omar Narvaez. It starts just in enough off that place for Narvaez to give up on it and then cuts back just enough to catch the very inside corner.
GIF Of The Night
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