Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez did not have the simplest first inning in
Saturday’s Game 1 of the ALCS
, however he did manage to do one thing baseball hasn’t seen in more than a hundred years.
Sanchez struck out four Boston Pink Sox batters in the first inning, turning into the first pitcher to realize the uncommon four-strikeout inning within the postseason since 1908. That’s when the splendidly named Orval Overall did it for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.
In truth, Total had his four-strikeout inning — as the New York Instances’ Tyler Kepner factors out — in the Cubs’ World Sequence-clinching recreation. So, because the saying goes, the last time someone did what Sanchez did, the Cubs won the World Sequence. Solely this is not hyperbole.
Sanchez struck out leadoff batter Jacoby Ellsbury in the bottom of the first. Then he struck out Shane Victorino, but the third strike was a wild pitch. Victorino took off for first base and was secure. That is where issues received robust for Sanchez. Victorino stole second, then Dustin Pedroia drew a walk.
David Ortiz got here as much as bat with two on and one out. Sanchez wasn’t enthusiastic about history. He was hoping to get out of a jam. And he did. He struck out Ortiz, thanks to 2 check-swings that umpires called strikes. Huge Papi was Big Angry after that — however he was additionally strikeout number three. Then Mike Napoli, who had the fourth-most Ks in MLB this season, struck out swinging to end the inning.
Two different pitchers struck out four in an inning this season. Alex Cobb did it in Could and Tony Cingrani did it in April. However solely three players — a gaggle that now contains Sanchez — have achieved it within the postseason.
Historical past aside: Sanchez’s 4 strikeouts took 26 pitches. He was at fifty one pitches after two innings, which may prove troubling for the Tigers and their not-so-great bullpen.
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