Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14

A pitcher can strike out no more than three batters in an inning, right? Wrong. Eric Veglahn, a senior at La Crescent Senior High School in La Crescent, Minn., did something no major league pitcher has ever mastered. Not only did he strike out the side, but according to the Minnesota Baseball Hub, Veglahn struck out two more batters in that same inning -- a five-strikeout frame. It may seem unbelievable and impossible, but it's not. The first two batters of the inning went down looking, and the third struck out swinging. But the catcher dropped the third strike and...

12 Comments:
  • When did they change the rules on dropped third strike with 2 outs? From what I was always taught, the batter was only allowed to run if first base was open. This article makes no mention if the 4th batter stole a base, so I assume that there was a runner on first. That should mean that the 5th batter is out on the third strike and cannot advance on the dropped ball.
  • The rule only applies if less than two outs. With two outs, runner can advance if called out on strikes and catcher drops ball.
  • Newest trivia answer: Eric "5K" Veglahn.
  • If there are 2 outs and a runner on first, the ball is alive and all may adavance. If the bases are loaded the catcher (or pitcher) covering home, only needs to touch the plate or any base for that matter to force out the third out. The rule has always been there.
  • Ditto that. With 2 outs the ball is live, even if there is a runner on 1st!
  • This is an incredible accomplishment. In the majors, the most strikeouts in one inning is four, but 59 different pitchers accomplished the feat, only one in the post season during the 1908 World Series.
  • It's a simple technicality. Its not real and its basically just a stupid way for some hack sports writer to get in the paper. All in all: if there's 3 outs in an inning...well.. thats all you gonna get. Minnesota's been stupid before but this is going ultra-stupid.
  • It is no more a technicality than any other "record." Baseball ALWAYS recognizes extra outs in an inning. If the defense commits an error trying to get a force out at second bawse, it officially goes down as a fielder's choice for the batter. So with the other three outs, it would be 4 outs in that inning.
  • It also has absolutely NOTHING to do with Minnesota. It can happen in the Majors, and HAS happened many times where a pitcher got 4 strikeouts in an inning. And they weren't all Twins pitchers or their opponents.
  • Oh..and it has happened as recently as 3 1/2 weeks ago! Ryan Cook of the A's did it on April 27th this year.
  • Pizzaguy your a moron. It is a rule of the game. You probably think that a perfect game can only be 27 pitches..
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