#CyKluber countdown: Kluber strikes out 9 Rays for win No. 3


(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 9, 6-3

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching line: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 SO, 0 BB

Record: 3-3

2014 strikeout total: 57

Key at-bat(s): Down, 2-1, in the sixth, Kluber allowed back-to-back singles to James Loney and Evan Longoria. But Kluber struck out Wil Myers, Matt Joyce and Brandon Guyer to end the inning and the threat. When his teammates scored five runs in the top of the seventh, Kluber was a winner.

Notable: In all three of his wins to this point in the season, Kluber had struck out eight or more batters and walked none.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 57


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