They say teams only get three outs. That’s what they SAY.
And yet, rookie starter Jake Thompson, noted strikeout fiend, tied a Major League Baseball record by striking out four Colorado Rockies in the 2nd inning of Friday night’s game.
The last Phillie to do the fancy trick was Doc White in 1902, and yet her Jake is, making history in only the second start of his career.
Slow down there, young fella!
Thompson struck out rookie David Dahl, but a botched handle by Cameron Rupp allowed Dahl to go to first on a strikeout-wild pitch. Dahl eventually came around the score, but Thompson got the next three outs of the inning by whiffing Ben Paulsen, Daniel Descalso and the pitcher, Jon Gray.
According to Major League Baseball, Thompson is the 77th pitcher to pull off that feat, the last being former Phillie Ken Giles, who K’d four Texas Rangers on August 7 of this year.
Two additional pitchers have done it this year alone, Atlanta’s Julio Teheran on May 24 and Minnesota’s Tyler Duffy on May 8.
No one in Major League history has ever struck out five batters in an inning.