Mike Fiers’ 14-strikeout performance was historic

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Milwaukee Brewers starter Mike Fiers will take to the mound on Tuesday hoping to duplicate his 14-strikeout performance last Thursday in Milwaukee’s 6-2 win over the Cubs.

With a few injuries to the Brewers starting pitching staff, Fiers has been a welcome addition to the staff over the past few weeks. The biggest surprise, however, was the 14 K’s in six innings pitched in last week’s game versus the Cubs. Prior to that game, the most strikeouts in a game for Fiers was 10, which he did three times in 2012. In fact, Fiers 14 K’s in six innings of work was historic; he became only the 10th MLB pitcher in the last 100 years to have 14 or more strikeouts in a game with less than seven innings pitched.

Detroit’s Max Scherzer on May 30, 2010 had 14 K’s in 5.2 innings of work in a 10-2 win over Oakland. That was the last time a pitcher had 14 or more strikeouts in less than seven innings in a game prior to Fiers’ game.

Here’s a look at the 10 pitchers who have had 14 or more strikeouts in a game in less than seven innings of work.

August 14, 2014: Mike Fiers, Milwaukee (14 K’s in 6 innings)
May 30, 2010: Max Scherzer, Detroit (14 K’s in 5.2 innings)
June 12, 2007: Kelvin Escobar, L.A. Angels (14 K’s in 6 innings)
June 6, 2005: A.J. Burnett, Florida (14 K’s in 6 innings)
September 27, 2001: Randy Johnson, Arizona (16 K’s in 6.2 innings)
June 3, 2001: Randy Johnson, Arizona (14 K’s in 6 innings)
April 27, 2001: Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs (14 K’s in 6 innings)
July 25, 1989: Nolan Ryan, Texas (14 K’s in 6 innings)
July 11, 1987: Ron Guidry, N. Y. Yankees (14 K’s in 6.2 innings)
September 18, 1966: Sam McDowell, Cleveland (14 K’s in 6 innings)
June 15, 1965: Denny McLain, Detroit (14 K’s in 6.2 innings)

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