We had a triple play a few nights ago and just today we had a rare kicked ball double play, but Tyler Alexander may have outdone all of that by tying an American League record.

The Tigers reliever, pitching during the first half of a double-header (two seven-inning games), did just about as well as he possibly could have: striking out the first nine Reds he faced.

In addition to tying the American League record for consecutive strikeouts, Alexander set an MLB record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever. He ended up striking out ten batters in 3.2 innings.

Coming out of the bullpen to strike out the entire opposing lineup across three innings is a hell of a day. Even better: it kept the Tigers in the game; they came back to tie the game in the sixth before giving up what would be the winning run in the top of the seventh.

But that doesn’t change the record-setting performance from Alexander.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.