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Trevor Richards‘ Changeup
This changeup from Trevor Richards fell completely off the face of the earth, earning a whiff that could be felt from Tacoma.
Brusdar Graterol‘s Sinker
This 100 MPH sinker from Brusdar Graterol completely fooled Patrick Wisdom en route to a backdoor K.
Alex Wood‘s Slider
Alex Wood led all pitchers with eight strikeouts on Sunday and cruised to an easy victory as the Giants scored 12 runs of support for him. Wood had a 41% CSW with the slider, and this GIF shows exactly why. The pitch was fooling batters all day long.
Alex Wood‘s Changeup
This is one of only two whiffs that Wood’s changeup earned during his outing, but even with San Diego’s poor camera angle you can see the filthy movement the pitch gets.
Collin McHugh‘s Slider
Collin McHugh‘s devastating slider made an appearance in extra innings against the Nationals, cutting in on Yadiel Hernandez for a nasty whiff.
Paolo Espino‘s Curveball
Against a strong Atlanta offense, Paolo Espino held his own. He allowed seven baserunners in four innings, but two earned runs was enough to keep Washington in the game. This curveball was a thing of beauty.
Eric Lauer‘s Changeup
Changeups are a great whiff pitch, but sometimes one is still filthy when it gets a called strike three right on the corner. This was a gorgeous pitch from Eric Lauer.
Sandy Alcantara‘s Sinker
Regardless of the bad camera angle, this filthy sinker exploded out of Sandy Alcantara‘s hand and definitely caught Dominic Smith by surprise.
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