By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Longtime pitcher Zach Greinke made history on Saturday. He accomplished this feat against a former team that he played for during his career.
According to reports, Greinke became just the fifth pitcher ever in Major League Baseball history to strike out 1,000 different batters. This means he has pitched for a long time to achieve this milestone.
He achieved it against the Milwaukee Brewers with whom he played parts of two seasons over a decade ago. Greinke struck out five batters over five innings in a No decision in a 4-3 loss.
The 20-year veteran first struck out Brewers rookie Brice Turanf in the bottom of the fifth inning. Shortly thereafter, he struck out Joey Wiemer, another Brewers rookie, to get the 1,000th individual batter in his career.
Greinke came into the game with 2,909 career strikeouts, according to Baseball Reference. Now, he has 2,914 strikeouts.
The 39-year-old, who is winding down his career, joins Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, and Roger Clemens on this special list. Ryan is the leader of the pack, as he has struck out 1,182 different batters.
Johnson is second, as he struck out 1,123 batters. Maddux is third with 1,049.
Clemens retired with striking out 1,022 different batters. Greinke, depending on how many more times he pitches this season and against new batters, he could potentially surpass Clemens’ mark.© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.