Zack Greinke Tries To Sneak Eephus Pitch By Renato Nunez

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Ron Dicker
·General Assignment Reporter, HuffPost
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Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke slowed his repertoire wayyyy down against the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

Greinke, who once threw 100 miles an hour, tossed a looping 51 mph eephus pitch to Renato Núñez. That’s basically the speed of the average Little League offering ― with the hope that a Major League hitter will be caught completely off guard.

A guy named Rip Sewell used the blooper pitch in the 1940s and it occasionally pops up in the modern game.

So how did Greinke’s eephus fare? Watch right here:

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Núñez took it for a strike.

“He really got me on that,” Núñez told MLB.com. “I wasn’t expecting that.”

Good for Greinke, who otherwise struggled mightily in a 6-2 loss. He gave up 10 hits and was nowhere near the form that has propelled the former Cy Young winner to 209 career victories.

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He’s thrown the eephus before, so we’ll be waiting for it again. Hopefully the batter won’t be.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.