breaking ball

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Noun1.breaking ball - a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batterbreaking ball - a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
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We wanted to take the game to Cork and for a lot of the game in the first half - the goals came from our mistakes more so than them penetrating, us giving the ball away, breaking balls going their way and if there was a sweeper there it would probably still have went in.
He had a couple of good breaking balls in the dirt where he struck people out and got swings and misses, and the two breaking balls that didn't get down were a base hit and a home run," Torre said.
The UO junior right-hander out-pitched Cole, the New York Yankees' first-round draft pick last summer, and outwitted the UCLA hitters with a series of breaking balls to lead the Ducks to a 3-2 victory in the opener of a Pac-10 baseball series before an announced crowd of 2,204.
Murray was perfect through three innings with seven strikeouts - four looking at spectacular breaking balls - until Shawn Frigon reached on an infield error in the fourth.
Velocity is very important in breaking balls, but the faster the ball spins the better your ball will break and it will break later.
They were also asked to address when a player should be allowed to start throwing breaking balls.
Pitchers who can only hurl hard fastballs do not last, nor do pitchers who can only fling breaking balls.
Around 94 per cent of women agree there's nothing more irritating than the old notion of Superwoman - breaking balls in the boardroom one minute, whipping up a perfect pavlova the next, giving birth in her lunch hour and coming back with a washboard stomach.
Putting movement on a pitch and throwing effective breaking balls are fundamental in the major leagues.
Needs to mix in more breaking balls and develop a changeup to improve his arsenal .
The third, fourth and fifth innings, I don't think I threw three breaking balls for strikes.
Generally speaking, young pitchers try to trick 2-2 hitters by throwing too fine or throwing breaking balls.