Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Wei-Yin Chen‘s Fastball – Chen was playing with history as he held a no-hitter in the seventh inning. It wasn’t meant to be, but we still got a look at some filthy pitches, such as this Fastball that has a boatload of late movement off the plate and away from Starling Marte’s bat.
Jeremy Jeffress’ Curveball – Jeffress has taken full advantage of his time as the closer in Milwaukee, and earned his 14th save of the season on this excellent hook that stunned Tyler Goeddel in the batter’s box.
Dallas Keuchel‘s Slider – Keuchel has had his struggles this season, but kept Houston in the game Thursday night as they battled Zack Greinke. He was able to sneak his Slider under the hands of right-handers all night, including against Brandon Drury in the fifth.
Madison Bumgarner‘s Curveball – It was a fun day in the office for Bumgarner as he struck out eleven Braves to earn his seventh win of the season. This backwards K to Mallex Smith was his best of the night, freezing the speedster on a front-door Curveball.
Jeanmar Gomez’s Fastball – Gomez did give up a two-run HR in the following at-bat, but he managed to strikeout out Keon Broxton with a solid comeback Fastball that nipped the outside corner. (Thanks to Redditor rhezz12 for the tip!)
Yordano Ventura‘s Curveball – Ventura has always had a super good hook, and it fell in perfectly to Tyler Naquin for the strikeout that ended the sixth inning. (Thanks to @acsguy for the tip!)
Yordano Ventura‘s Fastball – I didn’t think too much of this pitch at first, but then I noticed it came it in at 97 mph. That much late movement at that velocity is a pretty thing to watch, no wonder Mike Napoli couldn’t connect with it. (Thanks to Redditor Senor_Spock for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
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