As far as pitching achievements go, picking up four strikeouts in an inning is relatively uncommon. After all, it can only happen if there's a strikeout on a wild pitch or passed ball that allows the batter to reach first base.
That's what happened to Ken Giles in the ninth inning of the Rangers-Astros game on Sunday, though it took some magician-like maneuverings from the hard-throwing right-hander to escape the inning unscathed.
With a runner on second and nobody out, Nomar Mazara struck out but reached first after the ball eluded catcher Evan Gattis. Two batters later, Giles wiggled his way out without any runs scoring by striking out Shin-Shoo Choo, Ian Desmond and Jurickson Profar, to give him four in the frame:
Giles' effort proved crucial for the time being, setting it up for Houston to score the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth before ultimately losing to its Lone Star State rivals, 5-3, in 11.