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Yordano Ventura’s Changeup – Ventura returned to the mound Tuesday after an eight-game suspension for fighting in a brawl with the Orioles back in early June. While his shaky, seven-run return was tough to watch at times, this devilish Changeup to strike out Matt Carpenter was a thing of beauty.
Matt Harvey’s Curveball – The Dark Knight had his outing cut short after 3.2 innings due to rain Tuesday, but he did notch three Ks before the delay. Jayson Werth was one of the three strikeout victims, getting totally bent by this Curveball that caught him looking.
Lucas Giolito’s Curveball – While the Mets were struggling, the top MLB pitching prospect made his debut for the Nats. While his starting spot was supposed to be temporary, he may have made a case for himself after allowing only one hit and two walks after four innings of work. While he didn’t rack up a ton of strikeouts, he did show off his excellent Curveball to Neil Walker. (Thanks to Redditor TheBrimic for the tip!)
Adam Conley’s Slider – Before the wheels fell off in the 5th, Conley was able to tally nine strikeouts against the Tigers. One of those K’s came on this sweeping Slider down and in to James McCann. (Thanks to Redditor iharland for the tip!)
Cole Hamels’ Curveball – Hamels was once again dominant away from home, pitching seven shutout innings against the Yankees Tuesday. He struck out seven batters en route to his fourth consecutive win, including Aaron Hicks, who was sent spinning after this Curveball caught the outside corner.
Corey Kluber’s Curveball – Kluber pitched eight innings and lowered his WHIP to an AL-best 0.98 Tuesday against the Braves. One of the many things working for the Tribe currently is Kluber’s ability to embarrass opposing batters, just like he did here to Nick Markakis with a perfectly-placed Curveball on the edge.
GIF Of The Night
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Christopher Chase Edmunds is a writer for Pitcher List. He is currently working on a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Alabama. He grew up in Birmingham, perfecting the knuckleball in the backyard. He can be found streaming Colorado Rockies games and avoiding any association with the Atlanta Braves.