The American League won, but the two best pitching performances came from the National League last night.
First was Jacob deGrom, who struck out the AL on ten pitches in the sixth inning, placing his fastball wherever he wanted it and making dudes look silly. Watch:
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The second was Aroldis Chapman, who was given the top of the ninth by manager Bruce Bochy. He threw 14 pitches. He too struck out the side. Twelve of those pitches topped 100 m.p.h. Which is sort of a thing he does:
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Giving these guys one inning to air it out after a day off on Monday and the knowledge that they won’t have to pitch again until Friday is basically no fair. It’s especially no fair to let a guy who normally has to pace himself as a starter like deGrom to go full blast for one inning.