Rzepczynski mows down Yankees
Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 11:41 pm
When you hear that Marc Rzepczynski "struck out eight Yankees in a row," it definitely gets a wow. But there's a qualifier that takes a bit of the luster off the feat.
What the Jays left-hander actually did was record eight consecutive outs via strikeout. There were back-to-back singles in the middle of the run.
Still, it was an impressive accomplishment -- especially since the first seven of the eight were swinging strikeouts. Rzepczynski got Alex Rodriguez to end the first inning, struck out the side sandwiched against the two singles in the second, then struck out three in order in the third and struck out Rodriguez again looking to start the fourth. Robinson Cano ended the streak when he flied out, but Rzepczynski came back to get Marcus Thames swinging to end the inning.
(An aside: Did Rzepczynski's parents really have to name him Marc with the alternative spelling? Isn't it tough enough that the kid was going to have an alphabet-soup last name, without making sure he would have to go through life spelling his first name for everyone, too?)
His six consecutive strikeouts tied Ted Lilly's Blue Jays record, set in 2004. His nine in the game, which he won while giving up two earned runs over five innings, matched a career high.
-- David Andriesen
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