breaking ball

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a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter

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That's not normal," UO catcher Mitch Karraker said of the four straight breaking balls.
Murray, who pitched a no-hitter for Milford High in his first varsity start this spring and didn't give up an earned run in 24 innings during the regular season while going 4-0, was quick to share credit with all his teammates and coaches as well as a fairly-unlikely source, a co-worker of his father's, Joe Lasozza, who adjusted his delivery on his curveball, improving a good breaking ball to a downright deadly one.
I then start working a breaking ball that starts in the middle of the plate and breaks outside the zone.
On a Wednesday night when he later claimed he didn't have his best stuff, when his pitch count became so bloated so early that he had lost any chance at a complete game by the third inning, when he couldn't throw his breaking ball for strikes and couldn't find anything remotely resembling a groove, all Lowe managed to extract from himself was this: Seven shutout innings.
hitter), this pitch can be a two-seam or four-seam fastball, a change-up that tails, or occasionally a back-door breaking ball - a breaking ball that starts off the plate and breaks on the corner.
He threw as hard as 90mph on an Angels radar gun, recording a strikeout in his third inning on five pitches that ranged from a 70-mph breaking ball to a 90-mph fastball.
Escobar admitted that his velocity is slightly down this season and his breaking balls aren't as crisp as they have been in the past.
Lowe said the reason his sinker isn't as effective as it once was is because he is throwing so many breaking balls to left-handed hitters that he has lost the feel for his bread-and-butter pitch.
Colon struck out three batters, walked one and retired eight in a row at one point when Lancaster's Chris Rahl and Carlos Gonzalez managed back-to-back hits on Colon breaking balls with one out in the fourth inning.
Just masterful by mixing speeds, spotting his pitchers perfectly and keeping the Dodgers off balance with his various breaking balls.
They're throwing a lot of changeups and breaking balls and the young hitters aren't used to it because they don't see a lot of them,'' Plummer said.
Strict interpreters of the laws of physics adamantly state that pure horizontal or vertical pitch movement is impossible, and that all breaking balls are technically slurve variants.
He ripped hanging breaking balls from Martinez for the homer and double, and his sacrifice fly in the fourth brought the Angels within 7-5.
but) I saw a number of (two-strike) breaking balls that were elevated over the middle of the plate.