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Doug Fister strikes out nine straight batters, sets a new American League record

Sep 27, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

Doug Fister

Doug Fister is stone cold dealing against the Royals.

He just got done striking out nine straight batters, starting with Sal Perez in the fourth inning and ending with Billy Butler in the seventh. Six of them were Royals hitters caught looking.  The Tigers currently lead the Royals 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh. (Editor’s note: Detroit won, 5-4.)

Nine straight Ks breaks the record held by Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens. The major league record is ten, held by Tom Seaver. That’s some pretty heady company for a groundball pitcher like Fister.

Of course, when you’re relying on the Tigers D, you gotta do what you gotta do.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Waaaaahooooooo!!!!!

    • JB (the original) - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      They’re playing the Royals, not the Tribe….

  2. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    WOW!!

  3. cur68 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Does your girlfriend know you troll the Tiger’s fans like this, Craig?

    • historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      I know, I’m always wondering if he just doesn’t want to get laid or what.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        Why she doesn’t cut him off is beyond me. Woman’s a saint to put up with this.

      • natslady - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        The man reads Regency novels. How can a woman not love that?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        What’s a Regency novel?

      • natslady - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        I’m pretty sure that was sarcastic, but in case it wasn’t, it’s a sub-genre of ladies’ novels. You know, the ones where some hunk is tearing off a woman’s clothes on the cover. Set in the Regency period (late 18th early-19th century) England.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        I kinda wish I didn’t know that now….but thanks for the info.

      • natslady - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Yeah, really changes your notions of Craig’s fantasy life doesn’t it? Away from Wonder Woman and toward, er, period-costume bodice ripping.

        I’m stopping now, because I’m not improving the quality of discourse here. Also I have to go to work.

    • allisonhagen - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Maybe I’d consider withholding it if I lived near him, but I only see him about once a month for a few days at this point. So, not quite. Though at times I want to, believe me

      • allisonhagen - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        And reply fail. Oh well, I’m sure everyone gets what I mean.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        How about just for the playoffs, if we make it? Do it for Tigers fans everywhere.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        He just couldn’t possibly deserve you.

    • indaburg - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      That Craig. Such a tease.

  4. historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    And, then, in the 8th inning, he needs to come out and Leyland leaves him in. A bad end to a good run. This is what happens when you can’t say “enough”….

    Oh, wait, Jesus! Phil Coke. Noooooooo!!!!!!

    • natslady - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Tied? 4-4? All those strikeouts for naught?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Exactly. When it was 4-2, why didn’t Leyland pull him then? Left him in too long. It kills me. They do this to me. Watch, it’ll go to extra innings and they’ll let Valverde “close.” (Though in fairness, Benoit gave up the last run.)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        Yea, win!

  5. newpairofsox - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Nine? That’s R.A. diculous.

    • El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I’ve already stolen this. Thanks

  6. elmaquino - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Dog Fister. http://deadspin.com/5947034/this-might-be-our-favorite-headline-typo-of-all-time

    • Ryan - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Thankfully the URL preserves this wonderful typo!

      • El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Thank God you posted this….I will never EVER let Craig live this down. From now on, I will only refer to Dog Fister as Dog Fister. I can’t even remember his real name already.

    • ponsonbybritt - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Updated photo.

      http://thewall.com/topics/45715-fister-sets-al-record-by-striking-out-9-straight

  7. 18thstreet - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    The AL is tough. It’s Doug eat Doug out there.

  8. ronswansonsdinner - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Fister? I just met her!

    • El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Poker? Hardly know her!

  9. detroitr1 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    “That’s some pretty heady company for a groundball pitcher like Fister.”

    Since coming to the Tigers, Fister has increased his K rate to an average of somewhere around 7ks per game. He’s really not a ground ball pitcher anymore. But you knew that ’cause you’re smart and don’t rely on clichés like:

    “Of course, when you’re relying on the Tigers D, you gotta do what you gotta do”

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