Diekman closes out season with 100th strikeout

First Phillies reliever to hit century mark in season in 31 years

Diekman closes out season with 100th strikeout

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman planned a long drive back to his native Nebraska on Sunday.

But he hit the century mark in strikeouts before he left town. He struck out the 100th batter of his season in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. He became the first Phillies relief pitcher to strike out 100 batters in a season since Al Holland in 1983.

Holland struck out 100 in 91 2/3 innings. Diekman struck out 100 in 71 innings.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.