Cleveland pitcher had a most-bizarre outing


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Has any major-league pitcher ever had a start to match that of Cleveland Indians' righthander Triston McKenzie against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday afternoon (May 1)?

On the first time through the batting order, the 23-year-old McKenzie was literally untouchable. After striking out the side in the first inning and notching five strikeouts (and one walk) against the first six batters, he fell completely apart and walked the No. 7, 8 and 9 hitters to force in a run.

Then, White Sox shortstop and leadoff hitter Tim Anderson, who was the first strikeout victim, blasted a grand-slam home run to cap a five-run inning. And having given up just one hit and striking out six over two innings, his afternoon was finished after 57 pitches, and Chicago went on to a 7-3 victory.