Corey Kluber’s incredible night: Photos, historical context
Some historical context on AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber’s start on Wednesday night:
- Tossed 8.0 inning (6.2 no-hit innings), striking out a career-high 18 batters (8.0IP, 1H, 18SO, 1HB, 113 pitches/74 strikes)…marks the most strikeouts by a pitcher in a MLB game this season (see note below for more).
- Struck-out a career-high 18 batters, the first Tribe pitcher to record 18-or-more strikeouts in a game since Bob Feller punched out 18 in game one of a doubleheader on Oct. 2, 1938 against Detroit…marks the most strikeouts in a MLB game since Milwaukee’s Ben Sheets 18 K’s on May 16, 2004 against Atlanta…most in an A.L. game since Toronto’s Roger Clemens struck out 18 on Aug. 25, 1998 against Kansas City…Kluber fanned 6 consecutive batters for the sixth time in Indians history…holds the team record with 7 consecutive strikeouts (May 4, 2014 against Chicago-AL).
- Becomes 1 of 5 different pitchers in Major League history to strike out 18-or-more batters without allowing a walk, joining Luis Tiant (1x), Roger Clemens (3x), Randy Johnson (2x) and Kerry Wood (1x)…Kluber is the first Major League pitcher with 18+ K’s/0 BB since Arizona’s Randy Johnson struck out 20 and did not allow a walk on May 8, 2001 against Cincinnati…the first A.L. pitcher to pull the trick since Toronto’s Roger Clemens did so on Aug. 25, 1998 against Kansas City (18 SO, 0BB)…first Indians pitcher to do so since Luis Tiant on July 3, 1968 against Minnesota (19SO, 0BB, 10.0IP).
- Was given a 2-run cushion for just the second time this season, as the Indians led Minnesota 2-0 in the 6th inning on April 17…has had a one-run lead in two separate games: April 11 against Detroit in the 7th, May 2 against Toronto in the 3rd.
- Recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 15th time in his career, good for 6th all-time in Indians history breaking a tie with Bartolo Colon (14 double-digit SO games)…is 9-0 when recording 10-or-more punchouts in a game…Kluber joins Dean Chance (18-0 in 20G) and Denny McLain (17-0 in 18G) as the only pitchers since 1914 to record double-digit strikeouts and not lose a game in at least 15 starts.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs/Notes from Indians Baseball Information Department