Phil Coke sets Tigers, MLB records in World Series

Jonathan Daniel

Detroit Tigers' pitcher Phil Coke set both a team record and an MLB record with his performance in the World Series

Detroit Tigers' pitcher Phil Coke set both a Tigers' record and an MLB record with his performance in the 2012 World Series.

Coke became the first pitcher in MLB history to strike out seven consecutive batters in a single World Series, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The streak began in Game 2 when Coke entered the game in the 8th inning and struck out the only batter he faced. He then struck out all three batters he faced in Game 3, and completed the streak by striking out the side in the 9th inning of Game 4. The string of strikeouts ended with Ryan Theriot's lead-off single in the 10th inning, a hit which eventually became the World Series-winning run.

Coke's first strikeout of Game 4 was his 10th strikeout of this postseason, a record for a Detroit Tigers relief pitcher, according to the manager of baseball media relations for the Tigers, Rick Thompson. He finished the game with three more punchouts, extending the record to 13 strikeouts.

Coke pitched 10 innings this postseason, and the only run he allowed was the series-clinching run for the San Francisco Giants, as they swept the Tigers in four games.

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