On May 10, 2013, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher, Alex Cobb became the first pitcher in MLB history to strikeout 13 batters in less than five innings. He was pulled after just 4 2/3 innings and 117 pitches. The bullpen took it from there and struck out five more to tie a franchise record of 18 strikeouts in a nine inning game. The Rays beat the San Diego Padres 6-3. Relief pitcher, Jake McGee picked up the win.
Cobb's performance was better than Zack Greinke's 13 Strikeout performance in 2012 by 1/3 inning.
On a more bizarre note, Cobb also became the first player since they started tracking game logs (1916) to strikeout all four batters he faced in an inning, while still allowing a run. He struckout Will Venable in the top of the third, but Venable was able to reach first base when catcher, Jose Lobaton mishandled the pitch. Venable stole second as Cobb struckout Chase Headley. Venable then stole third, just before Cobb struckout Carlos Quinten. Cobb balked with Yonder Alonso at the plate, which allowed Venable to score. He then struckout Alonso to end the inning.
Labels: 13 Strikeouts, Alex Cobb, Carlos Quinten, Chase Headley, Jake McGee, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Will Venable, Yonder Alonso