breaking ball


: a pitch that curves
The pitcher threw a breaking ball.

Examples of breaking ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last one that tied the game was a hanging breaking ball. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 6 May 2023 Facing a two-strike count, Pham slammed a hanging breaking ball from Nola over the left field fence to lead off the second inning with a solo home run. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 The senior mixes in a sharp breaking ball and his ability to throw it for strikes kept Fishers off balance all game. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2023 After riding the pine for most of the game, the player must quickly get loose and face a relief pitcher, who is often throwing upwards of 100 mph with a nasty breaking ball. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2023 Facing Washington Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, Acuña roped a hanging breaking ball to left field that continued to soar into the stands. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 23 Sep. 2023 All year, his sinker and changeup have been outstanding pitches, but he’s lacked a consistent breaking ball as a complement, his slider often representing a vulnerability. Alex Speier,, 9 Sep. 2023 Typically, that count against a right-handed hitter would call for a breaking ball. The Arizona Republic, 29 Aug. 2023 All that and a record breaking ball of string cheese on today’s episode of CNN 10. CNN 10 serves a growing audience interested in compact on-demand news broadcasts ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom. CNN, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Breaking ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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