The first-place Milwaukee Brewers managed to salvage a four-game split in Wrigley Field against the Cubs this week, thanks to a 6-2 win Thursday. It was a team effort, but starting pitcher Mike Fiers deserves a bulk of the credit, as he worked six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out 14.
Yes, Fiers recorded 18 outs and 14 of those were strikeouts. It was just the eighth time since 1914 (and likely MLB history, since strikeouts generally weren't racked up at a high pace prior to 1914 -- it's just that baseball-reference.com's play index doesn't go back any further).
- Aug. 14, 2014: Mike Fiers, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
- May 30, 2010: Max Scherzer, 5 2/3 IP, 14 strikeouts
- June 12, 2007: Kelvim Escobar, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
- July 6, 2005: A.J. Burnett, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
- June 3, 2001: Randy Johnson, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
- April 27, 2001: Kerry Wood, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
- July 25, 1989: Nolan Ryan, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
- Sept. 18, 1966: Sam McDowell, 6 IP, 14 strikeouts
Fiers' outing was one of just two in which zero runs were allowed, with Scherzer being the other. Scherzer didn't finish the sixth and walked four, however, so Fiers has the best outing on this list.
With Matt Garza on the disabled list, Fiers was called upon to plug the hole in the rotation. Not only did he dominate Thursday, but on Saturday he only gave up three hits, one walk and one earned run in eight innings while striking out five and picking up the win against the first-place Dodgers.
Not bad work for a fill-in, huh?
Nice work, Mr. Fiers.