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David Price strikes out franchise-high 14 batters for Rays

Aug 28, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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David Price fanned 14 batters in seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 12-0 on Sunday.

Price topped the Rays record of 13 strikeouts in a game, set by Scott Kazmir and later matched by James Shields.  The pitching staff as a whole fanned 18 batters today, also a franchise record.

The 14 strikeouts were tied for the third most by any pitcher this year.  Here’s that list:

1. Cliff Lee: 16 vs. Braves on May 6
2. Jered Weaver: 15 vs. Blue Jays on April 10
3. Roy Halladay: 14 vs. Padres on April 23
3. Tommy Hanson: 14 vs. Astros on June 12
3. Justin Verlander: 14 vs. Diamondbacks on June 25
3. CC Sabathia: 14 vs. Mariners on July 26
3. Roy Halladay: 14 vs. Diamondbacks on Aug. 16
3. David Price: 14 vs. Blue Jays on Aug. 28

Today’s game was also big for Desmond Jennings, who homered in his first two at-bats on his way to a 4-for-5 day.  He has eight homers and 14 steals in just 34 games since being called up.  To put that in perspective, he’d be on pace for 35 homers and 62 steals in 150 games.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, were complete humiliated, as Brandon Morrow gave up three homers for the second time this season.  Mike McCoy was the only player in their lineup not to strike out.  Kelly Johnson whiffed four times, and Jose Bautista and Jose Molina fanned three times apiece.

  1. cur68 - Aug 28, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Jeez. There i was, camping in the mountains. Having a great old time, no cell phone, no interwebs, no worries. I come back, pick this here computer up and discover that the BeaverMen got pwned by the Rays. Just pwned. I’m going back to the mountains now.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      At least the beavers were interesting out in the woods. The game itself was a figment of our imagination. Eventually we will wake up from our dream and realize that it did not happen.

      • cur68 - Aug 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM

        Hi PC. Hope you had a good weekend. We saw eagles, deer, an elk herd and a couple of black bears (well, most of a couple of black bears. It was actually just their behinds as they hightailed it into the woods) but, alas, no beaver. Pity. I had some GREAT wood with me.

        WTH happened from friday? A sweep at the hands of the Hated Rays {*spits*, *makes secret anti-evil eye sign*}? How did this come to pass? Clearly the Jays are messing around, or I’m hallucinating. I prefer to believe hallucinating.

  2. firedude7160 - Aug 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    My fantasy team thanks you, Mr. Price. You have helped me secure a playoff spot, and allowed me to beat my friend for the week.

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