Today in Tribe History: May 14, 1994
Bob Toth | On 14, May 2015
1994 – Making his second career Major League appearance, Cleveland reliever Paul Shuey becomes just the tenth pitcher in American League history to strike out four batters in one inning, doing so against the Detroit Tigers in a 9-3 Indians victory.
Shuey, who made his MLB debut on May 8th, came on for the ninth in relief of Jose Mesa. Facing the bottom of the order with a six-run lead, he struck out Tigers catcher Chad Kreuter looking and did the same to shortstop Chris Gomez on a 3-2 pitch. He proceeded to walk Tony Phillips after the count went full and Milt Cuyler saw eight pitches before walking himself. Future Indians third baseman Travis Fryman saw just three strikes and struck out swinging, but the wild pitch got away from catcher Sandy Alomar and extended the inning while loading the bases. With five pitches to Cecil Fielder, he got the swinging strikeout and his place in the record books and secured the Cleveland win.
Shuey worked one complete inning, striking out four, walking two, and threw 35 pitches to six batters.