That's what I was talking about in yesterday's post. A Facebook friend had posted it as a baseball trivia question.
I'm sure you know how this can happen. A batter with two strikes swings at a pitch that the catcher does not field cleanly. The batter is allowed to attempt first base and is safe unless he is tagged out before reaching the bag. The pitcher is awarded a strikeout, but an out is not recorded. The pitcher then goes on to strike out the side.
The last time it happened was in back-to-back Dodgers games this season.
I'm curious why there was a 40-year gap in 4-strikeout innings? A change in rules perhaps?
I was going to feature the last time a Phillie had done this but apparently a Phillie pitcher has never done it.
Not many pitchers have done this twice, but Zack Greinke, not has only done it twice but once in each league. He did it in 2014 with the Dodgers and once in 2012 with the Angels.
The last American League pitcher to do this was Anibal Sanchez in 2013.
Overal was 2-0 in the 1908 World Series, helping the Cubs to win their second World Series in as many years.
One final note, Chuck Finley has managed to do this three times, twice with the Angels (both in 1999) and with the Indians in 2000.
You can find the full list here. Box score information courtesy of baseball-reference.com.