We've heard the term "knee-buckler" applied to many of the games best curveballs. But rarely do we see a curveball so devastating — or perhaps more accurately, so off target — that it not only buckles the knees, but literally brings a batter to his knees.
We witnessed that rare sight late Friday night in Seattle when Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina completely fooled Chicago White shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
The 26-year-old right-hander came in specifically to face Ramirez with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth inning. On the 0-2 pitch, catcher Mike Zunino set up outside for a curveball away or maybe even a slider low and away. Medina ended up missing his target by the whole length of the plate, and Ramirez, who may have been anticipating the outside pitch, froze, buckled and went down as the 86-mph curveball beared down on him.
Unfortunately for Ramirez, Medina's pitch had enough late break that it clipped the inside corner to end the at-bat. So in addition to having his knees buckled and effectively chopped out from underneath him, he also struck out looking.
That just about says it all.
The rest is said right here.
The location may not have been what Medina intended when he released the ball, but he definitely accomplished what he set out to do. A three-pitch strikeout to your only batter of the game is about as efficient and effective as it gets.
And when you get them so good that all they can do is smile while they pick themselves off the ground, you've had a pretty good night at the office.
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