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Justin Dunn’s Curveball
Justin Dunn was called up on Monday to make his Reds’ debut vs the Mets, the team that originally drafted him. He struck out a pair in his outing and showed off a great curveball to Brandon Nimmo.
Aníbal Sánchez’s Changeup
The Nats’ rotation has struggled heavily of late as Washington called upon Aníbal Sánchez to help right the ship on Monday. The veteran righty did his best to keep the contest close but still surrendered four runs over five innings. He did record three strikeouts, all on changeups, including this one to Patrick Wisdom.
Keegan Thompson’s Curveball
Keegan Thompson opposed Sánchez on the hill in Chicago and found more success. Thompson allowed one run in six innings and put away Victor Robles on a fantastic curveball.
Zac Gallen’s Knuckle-Curve
Zac Gallen was in top form Monday night in the desert. He tossed seven shutout innings and tallied eight Ks on four different pitches. He struck out Michael Chavis on a great knuckle-curve to begin the fifth.
José Suarez’s Changeup
The Angels traveled north to Oakland on Monday for a battle with the AL West rival A’s. It was a pitchers’ duel by the bay as José Suarez and Cole Irvin allowed only seven hits and one run over their combined 15 innings of work. Suarez picked up eight strikeouts and fooled Nick Allen on a changeup that continued to run away.
Blake Snell’s Curveball
The Padres were the big winner at the trade deadline but entered Monday the losers of four straight. Blake Snell took the ball and did all that was asked of him, but the Friars’ bats were unable to provide much support. Snell sat down Austin Slater on an absolutely filthy curveball in the dirt.
Ryan Hendrix’s Slider
The Mets would win their fourth straight and make it eight out of their last ten on Monday. Ryan Hendrix would get some manner of revenge, however, as he threw a slider so nasty that Francisco Lindor could do nothing but throw his bat at it. (h/t to PL+ member Ben Bingham)
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