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Jakob Junis‘ Slider
Corbin Burnes‘ masterclass on Thursday overshadowed what was a fantastic outing from San Francisco Giants veteran Jakob Junis. The journeyman pitched a solid six innings following opener Scott Alexander, striking out four with his nasty slider. This 82 mph sweeper made light work of the experienced Andrew McCutchen.
Sean Hjelle’s Knuckle-Curveball
In the second game of the doubleheader between the Giants and the Brewers, young San Francisco Sean Hjelle starter pitched a beauty on his way to five strong innings with six strikeouts. This beautiful 87 mph knuckle-curve to fell Christian Yelich was a real highlight.
Dylan Cease’s Knuckle-Curveball
Speaking of devastatingly brilliant knuckle-curveballs, ladies and gentlemen Mr. Dylan Cease! This perfectly located 83 mph curve looks to be drifting high but does a wicked 12-6 to nestle perfectly in the bottom corner of Nick Allen’s strike zone. Lethal.
Sonny Gray’s Sinker
Minnesota Twins veteran starter Sonny Gray dominated his former team with a terrific six innings in which he struck out seven, including Isiah Kiner-Falefa with a trademark 93 mph two-seamer that paints that flirts with the side of the strike zone before kissing it for the K.
Sandy Alcantara’s Changeup
Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara looked un-hittable through three innings before running into trouble with his command in the fourth and fifth inning. The changeup was humming, however, counting for four of his seven strikeouts. This 91 mph beauty took care of veteran Jean Segura.
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