By Matt Snyder
Zack Greinke of the Brewers pitched on Thursday afternoon for the first time in Wrigley Field, and things didn't go well. Even though the wind was blowing out, he only gave up one home run -- and it was a solo shot -- but his final line was weird: eight runs surrendered (six earned) despite 10 strikeouts.
It marked the first time since 2003 that a pitcher struck out 10 but still managed to allow eight runs. The last man to do so was Ryan Dempster, then with the Reds, on May 22, 2003. No Brewers pitcher has ever done it, and the last time someone pulled off the 10-K, 8-R feat against the Cubs was back in 1919.
The list of people who have done it is actually quite impressive: Nolan Ryan three times, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina, among others. It makes sense, since you have to have a lot of talent to strike 10 guys out in one game -- even if you were getting hammered by everyone who managed to put the ball in play.
The high-strikeout, high-run total isn't a shock for Greinke, considering how this season has gone. He now has a 5.23 ERA with 70 strikeouts and only nine walks in 53 1/3 innings.
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