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Kyle Wright’s Changeup
After spot-starter Dylan Lee loaded the bases in the first inning with only one out, young Kyle Wright came in and cleaned things up, allowing just one inherited runner to score before setting up Atlanta nicely by going 4 2/3 innings, giving up just one earned run. This beautiful 86 mph changeup to Kyle Tucker helped him end the first.
Chris Martin’s Four-Seam Fastball
The perfect veteran reliever’s inning in the sixth from Atlanta’s stalwart in the bullpen, Chris Martin. Martin needed just nine pitches to pitch a scoreless inning. His only strikeout was thanks to this perfectly placed 96 mph four-seam fastball to fell Jose Altuve.
Ryne Stanek’s Splitter
The night looked to be going Houston’s way after Ryne Stanek’s dominant fifth inning, in which he retired the Atlanta lineup in order. He finished up with this delicious 87 mph splitter to strike out Dansby Swanson.
Zack Greinke’s Changeup
The formidable Zack Greinke did what he could for the Astros, pitching a beauty across four scoreless innings. His dynamite changeup led the way – this 88 mph ripper was for too good for Freddie Freeman.
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