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Nathan Eovaldi’s Splitter
The Red Sox hit two Grand Slams on their way to victory in the second game of the ALCS against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The victory was also set up by a solid outing from their ace, Nathan Eovaldi. He set the tone in the first inning with his trademark 87 mph splitter to Yordan Alvarez.
Garrett Whitlock’s Sinker
Young Garrett Whitlock did this team a service with two scoreless innings in relief to ensure the Astros didn’t rally after a three-run fourth inning. This beautiful 96 mph two-seamer blew past Chas McCormick.
Yimi García’s Sinker
It was a miserable night for the Astros after the Red Sox tied up the series. However, pitching aficionados would have appreciated this phenomenal 96 mph sinker from Yimi García. Hunter Renfroe struck out on another sinker straight after this one.
Joe Kelly’s Changeup
Polarizing Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly brought the goods last night with a selection of nasty pitches – my favorite was this mesmerizing 88 mph changeup to embarrass Joc Pederson.
Tyler Matzek’s Slider
Another big relief appearance from Atlanta’s Tyler Matzek stifled the Dodgers in the seventh inning with the game tied at 2-2 – this beautiful 87 mph slider to dispose of Trea Turner closed out the inning.
Max Fried’s Sinker
A dominant outing from Max Fried helped Atlanta take the first game of the NLCS against the Dodgers. Fried struck out five across six brilliant innings, including this ripping 96 mph sinker to strike out Corey Seager.
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