Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Fernando Abad caught Troy Tulowitzki looking with an expertly thrown 63-mph changeup

The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays on Sunday, 15-1, in the finale of their weekend set at Rogers Centre. In the bottom of the ninth, Boston reliever Fernando Abad struck out Troy Tulowitzki on a changeup on the outside corner. 
A "normal" moment in just about any other situation, truly, but this wasn't an ordinary pitch thrown by Abad. Rather, it was clocked at 62.8 mph and floated on the outside corner: 

Just watch:

On the afternoon, Abad also picked up a save for three scoreless innings to close out Boston's victory. 
It's hard to find fault with Tulowitzki for taking the pitch, considering there's no way he was expecting one like that. However, this wasn't the first time Abad reached into his repertoire for an offering like that. Back on June 1, he struck out Jonathan Schoop on an even slower one: 

And last season, Abad did this at least once as well, taking just a bit off his pitch and striking out Anthony Gose with a 70-mph changeup:

Stay alert, hitters standing in the box against Abad. You never know what you might see ...