"Honestly, I had no idea," Fister told the Associated Press. ''Prince was yelling at me to step off during the inning, and I kind of looked at him. Normally, he'll do that, to slow me down, if I'm getting too quick .... I thought that was kind of what he was doing there. He just said, 'Hey, step off.' I look at him, and he kept looking at me, and he said, 'Aw, I'll tell you later.' "
The nine straight strikeouts, which started with the final out in the fourth inning and ended with the second out in the seventh inning, broke the record of eight held by several pitchers, including most recently Kansas City's Blake Stein on June 17, 2001. The National League record belongs to Tom Seaver, with 10.
"I said, 'Congratulations, man. You made history,' " Fielder said. "He was like, 'What are you doing?' He was locked in, so it was kind of like, 'Get away from me.' I was like, 'All right, they'll tell you.' "
Fister struck out 10 for the game and gave up three runs but did not get the decision.