Gonzalez lined a 3-and-1 off-speed pitch
into centre field, driving in Justin Turner and extending the Dodgers' lead to 7-4.
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.
You can fool a hitter once with an off-speed pitch
, but if you come back to it, you'll get hurt.
I was really just looking for an off-speed pitch
to drive the other way," Eureste said.
And when I have two strikes, I shorten up and look for a fastball and adjust to the off-speed pitch
The first two strikes were fastballs, the last a nasty off-speed pitch
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.
One of those Angels home runs came in the first inning from Vladimir Guerrero, who was fooled on an off-speed pitch
, reached down and away to make contact and still hit it over the 20-foot wall in left field despite cracking his bat.
Some coaches have the on-deck hitter tell the batter where the catcher is setting up: "Expect a fastball if the target is inside, and look for a breaking or off-speed pitch
if the catcher is holding his glove low and away.