Anibal Sanchez whiffs 17

There are now 49 pitchers who have struck out at least 17 opponents in a game after Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 Atlanta Braves in eight innings as the Tigers won, 10-0.

Sanchez broke Mickey Lolich‘s team record of 16 strikeouts when he struck out the side in the 8th.

Sanchez joins a select group of pitchers who reached the 17 whiff mark in eight innings or less

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str
1 Randy Johnson 1992-09-27 SEA TEX L 2-3 GS-8 8.0 6 2 2 4 18 0 160 111
2 Anibal Sanchez 2013-04-26 DET ATL W 10-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 1 17 0 121 84
3 Johan Santana 2007-08-19 MIN TEX W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 0 17 0 112 83
4 Randy Johnson 1999-06-30 ARI CIN L 0-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 2 2 0 17 1 134 96
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With much of the season remaining, Sanchez has the opportunity to join another small group of pitchers who have accomplished this feat more than onetime in a season

Rk Player Year #Matching W L W-L% GS CG SHO IP SO
1 Nolan Ryan 1974 3 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 3 2 0 33.0 57
2 Nolan Ryan 1976 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2 1 0 19.0 35
3 Randy Johnson 1997 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2 2 1 18.0 38
4 Randy Johnson 2002 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2 2 1 18.0 34
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The list of pitchers who achieved this feat more than once is a pantheon of pitching

Rk Player #Matching W L W-L% GS CG SHO IP BB SO
1 Nolan Ryan 8 Ind. Games 5 1 .833 8 5 1 80.0 43 145
2 Randy Johnson 7 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 7 5 2 61.0 10 127
3 Roger Clemens 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 3 3 2 27.0 0 58
4 Pedro Martinez 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2 2 0 18.0 1 34
5 Sandy Koufax 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2 2 0 18.0 6 36
6 Bob Feller 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 2 2 0 18.0 16 35
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