Tampa Bay Rays pitchers make history with 24-strikeout game
In their 1-0, 13-inning win against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays pitchers struck out 24 batters with no walks – the most strikeouts a team has ever recorded in a game without walking a batter.
Earlier this season, the Boston Red Sox struck out 22 against the Baltimore Orioles in a 12-inning game without issuing a free pass.
Prior to that, there had only been four games in history where a team struck out 20 hitters with no walks, all of which were nine-inning games with one pitcher going the distance: Roger Clemens in 1986 and 1996, Kerry Wood in 1998 and Max Scherzer in 2016.
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On Saturday, starter Ryan Yarbrough struck out 10 in 6 ⅓ innings. He was relieved the seventh by Chaz Roe, who struck out the only two batters he faced. Nick Anderson struck out the side in the eighth, Emilio Pagan had four strikeouts in the next two innings and Diego Castillo struck out three across the 11th and 12, before Colin Poche had two strikeouts in the 13th.
All in all, Tampa Bay pitchers retired the last 20 hitters they faced.
Colin Brosseau hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th to give the Rays their sixth win in their last eight games.
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