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Jeremy Hellickson fans four batters in an inning

Aug 25, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

Jeremy Hellickson AP

Jeremy Hellickson struck out four batters in the third inning Thursday against the Tigers, becoming the first pitcher in Rays history to pull off the feat.

After Austin Jackson reached on a strike three/wild pitch to begin the inning, Hellickson fanned Ramon Santiago, Delmon Young and Victor Martinez in order.  Martinez was hitting in the cleanup spot that usually would have been occupied by Miguel Cabrera, who is away on paternity leave today.

Hellickson, a top candidate for AL Rookie of the Year honors, ended up allowing two runs over seven innings and striking out seven in the game.  Still, he’s in line for the loss, as Doug Fister is shutting out the Rays as of this writing.

Update: Detroit won 2-0, dropping Hellickson to 11-9 with his 3.01 ERA.  The Rays have scored a total of nine runs in his nine losses.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Nasty! Dude deserves AL ROY.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    He pitched well. Too bad about the loss.

  3. Ick McWang - Aug 25, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    The Rays offensive ineptness has cost all of their starters several wins. Hellickson and Shields have had some really really bad run support this year. Both should have 15+ wins easily.

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