Zack Greinke strikes out Yolmer Sanchez with rarely seen pitch

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Zack Greinke strikes out Yolmer Sanchez with rarely seen pitch
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Zack Greinke threw an eephus pitch to record his 12th strikeout in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 5-1 trouncing of the Chicago White Sox Monday night.

Or, y’know, a fairly bog standard 12-6 curveball crossed deliciously with a change-up. But hey, semantics.

Greinke got his 12 Ks in eight and two-thirds innings, which is a bit like going to class and getting a 99 on a test. That last out denied him his second complete game of the year, but he ran his record to 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.82.

MLB.com had a sweet little quick-hit compilation of the 12 strikeouts:

Once again, though, Greinke didn’t get nearly enough verticality on that pitch for it to be a true eephus. You need to lob the ball up like you’re throwing an alley-oop in basketball to make it something more than a diving curveball. Think change-up. Waaaay up.

Dave LaRoche, in this gem from 1981, got Gorman Thomas to whiff on a true eephus:

Clayton Kershaw gave it a shot, even though he didn’t fool Tyler Flowers:

Rich Hill’s eephus didn’t get the downward motion at the finish you look for, but at least it was way outside and couldn’t be hit:

Orlando Hernandez learned that trying to throw the eephus twice in a row is a spectacularly stupid idea, especially when Alex Rodriguez is the hitter:

Torii Hunter didn’t quite get all the way around on his effort and popped out on Alfredo Simon’s eephus:

But yeah, Greinke’s pitch wasn’t a true eephus. It was a 12-6 curveball that was more Bugs Bunny than Rip Sewell.

It was a great pitch, though; it got Yolmer Sanchez to strike out.

The 27-19 Diamondbacks currently sit atop the National League wild card standings; the White Sox are at 20-23 despite a plus-18 run differential and still wait for the stats and the games to start breaking their way before it’s too late.

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Source: thewildcard.com

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