More on Cobb's odd night
RHP Alex Cobb and the Rays made all kinds of history on Friday, as Cobb struck out 13 in 4 2/3 inning, including all four men he faced in the third in becoming the first major-leaguer to do so and still give up a run.
Here is a list compiled by the Rays of the accomplishments:
* Rays pitchers tied the club record with 18 strikeouts in a 9-inning
game (also Aug 28, 2011 at TOR).
* Cobb’s 13 SO were most in major league history in an appearance of
less than 5 IP…the previous record was only 10 (9 times, last TOR
David Purcey in 4.2 IP on April 12, 2009 at CLE).
* Cobb tied the major league records for most strikeouts through 3
innings (9), through 4 innings (11) and through 5 innings (13), according to SABR’s Trent McCotter…all of these marks set club records… the last AL pitcher with 9 SO through 3 innings was NYY Ron Guidry on May 10, 1986 at TEX (exactly 27 years ago).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cobb became the first pitcher
to record 13 SO over the span of a game’s first 14 outs since ARI
Randy Johnson on July 4, 2001 at HOU.
* Cobb threw 77 of 117 pitches for strikes—tied for 2nd-most strikes by a pitcher who didn’t finish the 5th inning since pitch counts are available… tied TB Wilson Alvarez (May 28, 1999 at SEA, 131/77 in 4.2
IP) behind SF Mark Gardner (Aug 18, 1996 at PHI, 122/81 in 4.2 IP).
* Cobb generated a career-high 23 swing-and-misses, 21 on the
changeup…averaged only 7 swing-and-misses his first 6 starts…his
prev. career high was 18 on June 17, 2012 vs. MIA, when he allowed
2 hits over 7 IP with 10 SO