Brewers left-hander Manny Parra joined an exclusive group when he struck out four batters in a single inning on Sunday against the Cardinals.
Parra already had recorded the first two outs of the fourth inning via strikeout when he caught Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina swinging at a Strike 3 in the dirt. The baseball got past Brewers catcher George Kottaras for a wild pitch, and, with first base open, Molina scampered down the line uncontested. That extended the inning for Colby Rasmus, who struck out swinging, too.
Parra is the first Brewers pitcher ever to strike out four batters in an inning, a feat accomplished 54 times by 50 different Major League pitchers. The New York Gothams’ Ed Crane did it first in 1888, and before Sunday the last was the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, on Thursday against the Twins.
Parra’s historic fourth inning came in the middle of a strikeout binge. He also struck out the side in the third inning, and his whiff of former teammate Felipe Lopez in the fifth gave Parra a career-high 10 strikeouts in the game, He had a pair of nine-strikeout games before Sunday; In July 2008 against the Giants and in August 2008 against the Nationals.