off-speed pitch

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: pitch - a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
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"One thing I wanted to work on is throwing a good off-speed pitch, that is something I wanted to have in my arsenal.
Newburyport, which topped Kingston earlier in the day with a walk-off win to reach the final, took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Tyler Chaisson and Rosario Missiti hit RBI singles off Avery, but the right-hander struck out Dan Rose with an off-speed pitch to strand two.
Both switch hitters, both can handle the off-speed pitch. Only difference is Sarkon was drafted out of high school and Ruse'll be lucky to get a decent D-III school to look at him."
You can fool a hitter once with an off-speed pitch, but if you come back to it, you'll get hurt.
Gonzalez lined a 3-and-1 off-speed pitch into centre field, driving in Justin Turner and extending the Dodgers' lead to 7-4.
The first two strikes were fastballs, the last a nasty off-speed pitch.
"I was really just looking for an off-speed pitch to drive the other way," Eureste said.
Many players like to drag-bunt on a breaking pitch or off-speed pitch, as these pitches generally make it easier to place the ball where you want it to go.
Rule: Look for the fastball and adjust to the off-speed pitch.
The Ducks then went down quietly in the bottom of the 10th, with UW reliever Jeff Brigham striking out Serna looking at an off-speed pitch to end it.