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Anibal Sanchez works out of first-inning jam by recording four strikeouts

Oct 12, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

Anibal Sanchez AP

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez needed 26 pitches to escape a first-inning jam in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. The right-hander had allowed two runners on a strikeout wild pitch and a walk, but used an array of fastballs, change-ups, and sliders to work his way out of trouble.

In fact, Sanchez recorded four strikeouts in the inning, getting Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the frame. He then got Shane Victorino to wave at strike three, but the ball skipped past catcher Alex Avila, allowing Victorino to reach safely. With runners on first and second, Sanchez got David Ortiz to strike out on consecutive check-swing strikes, then Mike Napoli to end the inning.

Sanchez is the second pitcher in baseball history to record four strikeouts in an inning during post-season play, joining Orval Overall who accomplished the feat with the Cubs in 1908.

  1. sabatimus - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Ortiz really needs to shut up. I was cringing after he struck out because I thought he might get ejected.

    • racksie - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      It is cowboy Joe West, after all. And he “agreed” to wear a mic? Yeah, bet that was a hard sell….

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Hey Bill Baer, you said: Sanchez is the second pitcher in baseball history to record four strikeouts in an inning, joining Orval Overall who accomplished the feat with the Cubs in 1908.
    Since lots of guys have done that feat, did you mean second in post-season play?

    • Bill Baer - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Yep, thought I included that important detail. Thanks for catching that.

  3. historiophiliac - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    That’s a lot of sanchismos from Sanchez Panza!

    (Muuuuch better, Bill.)

    • Reflex - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      I like it quite a bit, you found the nickname after all.

  4. geofferystevens - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Really wish people would read an article before they try to pick out errors. In the article it is pretty clear that only two players in post season history had four strikeouts in an inning.

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      It was edited since someone called it out…

  5. rivertaig - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Wow! Who could forget the great Orval Overall? I think it almost good without saying that he got four strikeouts in 1908 – I mean seriously, who doesn’t remember that like it was yesterday, right?

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