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Dylan Cease’s Knuckle-Curve
Dylan Cease was spotted a four-run lead before he threw his first pitch, and that proved to be more than enough as the righty allowed only a single run across his seven innings of work. He struck out seven as well, including Bo Bichette on this biting knuckle-curve.
Jose Berrios’ Curveball
Jose Berrios was on the wrong end of that four-run inning, but he settled in after that to throw back-to-back scoreless innings before being lifted. Though his line wasn’t great, he did manage six strikeouts over his brief outing and showed off a fantastic breaking ball to sophomore Luis Robert.
Sam Long’s Curveball
Rookie Sam Long has bounced back and forth between the Giants roster and Triple-A Sacramento a number of times since his initial call-up in June. The lefty was called up again to make a spot start on Tuesday and turned in his best performance of the season, throwing five and a third shutout innings. He displayed his big breaking ball here to strikeout Jeff McNeil and may have received a bit of help from home plate umpire Greg Gibson.
Erick Fedde’s Curveball
Erick Fedde led the way on Tuesday with 10 K’s on the night, his high mark for the season. A lot of his success came on his curveball, as it was responsible for six of the punchouts and had a 43% whiff rate on the evening. Miguel Rojas fell victim to the pitch here in the third.
Charlie Morton’s Curveball
The Yankees seemingly cannot lose and recorded their eleventh straight victory on Tuesday. Charlie Morton was charged with the loss, but the veteran did pick up nine strikeouts in only five innings. His final one of the night came on a breaking ball to Aaron Judge.
Ranger Suarez’s Changeup
Ranger Suarez has done well in his transition from the bullpen to the Phillies’ starting rotation. His pitch count is still being built up, and his 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday was his longest outing of the year as he continues to find success and suppress runs. He struck out seven on the night, including Nelson Cruz on a nice changeup.
Corbin Burnes’ Cutter
Corbin Burnes’ cutter has been fantastic in 2021 with an xwOBA of just .228. He also has a 34% K rate on the pitch and picked up another here with a great backdoor cutter to catch Joey Votto looking.
Luis Garcia’s Changeup
Luis Garcia has been a solid, steady presence in the middle of the Astros’ rotation this year, and the righty turned in another strong start Tuesday. He struck out seven Royals as he and two relievers would shut out Kansas City. Two K’s came on his changeup, including this one to Ryan O’Hearn.
Brady Singer’s Sinker
Brady Singer opposed Garcia and took the tough-luck loss as three of the four runs he allowed were unearned. One of his six strikeouts came on an elevated 95 MPH fastball with some nice arm-side run. Jason Castro would account for three of Singer’s six punchouts.
Julio Urias’ Curveball
In the lone late game on the Tuesday slate, Julio Urias took the hill for the Dodgers against the slumping Padres. LA would cruise to a victory against a myriad of Padre bullpen arms. Urias didn’t allow a run in his five innings and froze Jake Cronenworth with a big breaking ball for the first out of the second.
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