Burnett K’s 4 in 1 inning for second time in career
In a encore performance of the same feat he accomplished in 2002, AJ Burnett dazzled spectators by striking out 4 batters in 1 innings Friday night at Yankee Stadium. In doing so, he became only the second player in history to record 4 strikeouts in 1 inning twice during a career, as well as the only player in history to accomplish the feat in both the American and National leagues.
Burnett fanned Chris Iannetta, Carlos Gonzalez, and Dexter Fowler in succession in the 6th inning Friday. However, strike three on Fowler wildly bounced away from Yankee catcher Russell Martin, allowing the runner to reach 1st. Burnett then came back to strikeout Tod Helton to end the inning with 4 K’s. Unfortunately, Burnett was later charged with the loss after allowing 4 runs in 6.1 innings.
Previously, Burnett struckout Mike Piazza, Mo Vaughn Timo Perez and Roger Cedano in the 1st inning of a July 5th, 2002 game. Burnett also allowed 3 hits and 2 runs that inning in addition to 2 wild pitches.
Currently, as a native of North Little Rock, AR, Burnett is the only player ever born in Arkansas to complete the feat.