During today’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays starter and AL Rookie of the Year candidate Jeremy Hellickson began the third inning by striking out Austin Jackson. Unfortunately, catcher Kelly Shoppach couldn’t hold on to the pitch, and Jackson advanced to first base.
Undeterred, Hellickson then proceeded to strike out the next three batters in order, giving him four for the inning. Surprisingly, this feat isn’t as rare as you might think. The Rays rookie is the fifty-first pitcher to do it, and the third already this season. Former Angels pitcher Chuck Finley is the only guy to do it twice.