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Phil Hughes fans four in an inning against Blue Jays

Sep 20, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

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Phil Hughes became just the second pitcher in Yankees history to strike out four batters in an inning when he fanned J.P. Arencibia, Adeiny Hechevarria, Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie in the fourth Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Hechevarria reached on a Russell Martin passed ball after his strikeout, making the rare feat possible. No Yankee had ever struck out four in an inning until A.J. Burnett did so against the Rockies on June 24, 2011.

Hughes ended up with nine strikeouts over his five innings, though it was a forgettable outing otherwise. He gave up four runs before departing. Moises Sierra hit a two-run homer off him.

Of course, if a pitcher does want to go on a strikeout binge, there’s no better option than facing the bottom of the Toronto order right now. Arencibia, Hechevarria and Gose had combined to strike out 166 times in 511 at-bats this season. Lawrie, on the other hand, had a relatively modest 70 strikeouts in 437 at-bats entering the night.


  1. contraryguy - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Gotta love those once-in-a-blue moon occurrences.

    Oh wait, the Cubs starter did it about 8 hours ago vs the Reds.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    The Jays probably enjoyed it more when they pulled the 4K inning themselves on Aug. 13, the first time it had ever been done in extra innings!

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Hughes had a rough outing despite the high strikeout total. He was very inefficient. He was the beneficiary of some run support as Laffey was worse than him.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    The umpire had a consistently wide strike zone today. Yankee pitchers had 15 K’s and Jays pitchers had 11 k’s. Despite all the k’s, the final score was 10 to 7.

    • pisano - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      proudly… truly not a good outing for Hughes, but when you get ten runs in support, even Hughes would have had a hard time blowing this one.

    • gilbert718 - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      just because there were a lot of strike outs means the zone was big? c’mon man. p.s. i was at the game so i couldnt really tell.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        I was watching replays on TV. Some calls were very questionable. He was consistent in his treatment of both teams.

  5. humanexcrement - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Most amazing to me is that Chuck Finley managed to accumulate three or four 4-k innings in his career.

  6. uyf1950 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Hughes struggled but even the best of them do occasionally. What’s important is the Yankees got the win finally being able to score a bounce of runs, But once again the Yankees relief pitchers tried to give away the game even with the big lead the Yankees had built up. Difference this time was Robertson who was almost the goat in the 1st game on Wednesday was excellent last night when he came.
    Just to get back to Hughes for a minute. He now has 16 wins on the season with an ERA just over 4 at 4.05 if you ask me there isn’t a Yankee fan on the planet that if you told at the end of 2011 Hughes would be 16-12 with a 4.05 ERA at this point in the season AND have his fastball consistently in the 92 to 94 range that, that fan wouldn’t jump for joy. That’s just my opinion.

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