Manny Parra Strikes Out Four Cardinals in an Inning
Parra sandwiched strikeouts of Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick around a Matt Holliday single and then got Yadier Molina to chase a pitch in the dirt. George Kottaras couldn't block it, though, and Molina reached safely. Then, with runners on the corners, Parra whiffed Colby Rasmus to tie the record for most strikeouts in a half-inning. Parra is the first Brewers pitcher to ever pull off the feat, which was only one of two milestones he reached against the Cards.
Parra struck out the side in the third inning as well, which made him the first pitcher to strike out seven hitters over two innings since Darren Dreifort turned the trick for the Dodgers in 2003. His strikeout binge ended when Aaron Miles grounded out to start the fifth inning, but it was enough for Parra to earn a spot in the record books.
It wasn't, however, enough to earn him a victory. The Brewers' bullpen couldn't hold a 3-2 lead in the late innings, although they wound up on top after Corey Hart's 10th inning sacrifice fly and got another milestone out of the proceedings. It was reliever Zach Braddock's first big-league victory, which was celebrated in fitting fashion for a team out of Milwaukee. Braddock received a beer shower and hopefully Parra got some suds as well in honor of his big night.