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Friday, July 16, 2004
Lancaster reliever Mike Schultz struck out five Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in an inning last night to tie what is believed to be a Minor League record. Schultz’s feat equaled that of at least three others; Tom Dukes, Kelly Wunsch and Scott Gardner. Dukes struck out five for Columbus in a Southern League contest in 1964; Wunsch fanned five in an inning for the Beloit Brewers in the Midwest League in 1994; and Gardner turned the trick in 1995 for the Fayetteville Generals in the South Atlantic League.
Schultz struck out his five in the seventh, but it was far from an easy inning. He struck out the leadoff hitter, David Gates. Adam Pavkovich then struck out swinging, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach first base. After the next three batters reached base, Schultz struck out Reggie Willits for the second out of the inning. After another single, Greg Porter struck out swinging on another wild pitch, allowing him to reach. The next batter singled, bringing Gates to the plate again. Gates struck out swinging for the second time in the inning, marking the fifth Quakes batter to fan swinging in the inning.
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