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Rays strike out 21 batters, lose in 15 innings anyway

Jul 31, 2012, 3:38 AM EST

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The Rays had MLB’s highest strikeout game in five years Monday, fanning 21 A’s in 15 innings, only to lose 4-3 on a Jemile Weeks sacrifice fly.

The 21 strikeouts were a franchise record for Tampa Bay, as well as a franchise record for A’s hitters. It was the first team a team has struck out 21 batters in a game since the A’s fanned that many Rangers in a 13-inning game on Aug. 6, 2007.

Of course, the record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game is 20, established by Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986 and later matched by Clemens in 1996 and the Cubs’ Kerry Wood in 1998. Randy Johnson also struck out 20 batters in 2001, but that game went into extra innings.

The record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game is 26, established by the A’s in a 20-inning game against the Angels on July 9, 1971. They won that game 1-0. The record was later matched by the Angels in a 17-inning loss to the Brewers in 2004.

Leading the way for the Rays tonight was David Price, who fanned 11 in seven innings. It was his third double-digit strikeout game of the year. The bullpen racked up 10 more K’s from there, with Wade Davis striking out the side in his inning of work.

Josh Reddick and Brandon Inge fanned four times apiece for the A’s. Weeks was 0-for-7 with two strikeouts before ending the game with a sac fly in the bottom of the 15th.

  1. raiderbeck - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Some of the best baseball I’ve seen since 2002!! Damn proud of these guys!

  2. raiderbeck - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Pena is gonna run Reddick! Are you serious??? Rays fans have class but to run on Reddick!!!

  3. Chris K - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    I think it’s worth mentioning that Randy Johnson struck out 20 in 9IP though the game itself went into extra innings. Randy never pitched beyond the 9th as he was replaced with Byung-Hyun Kim at the start of the 10th.

    The Dbacks took 5 pitchers to finish the next 2 innings and all they did was add 1K to the 20 Randy got in 9IP.

    Sooo…while technically I guess it doesn’t count because the game went to extra innings, Johnson compiled all his Ks in what would normally be a standard game.

  4. hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    This game sucked. I’m not certain the DFA’s got a hit after the 7th inning. What a showing by the bullpens tonight, especially the DFA’s. I can’t give the A’s pitching staff much credit though. Who could’t hold the likes of Brooks Conrad, BJ, Carlos, Desmond, Molina, Sam Fuld and Elliot Johnson scoreless? I watched Carlos Pena hit off the tee the other day. He whiffed at 11 in a row.

    What a shitty offense you have put together Friedman. Let’s hope a decent player gets DFA’d by someone soon, because lord knows that is his only plan to strengthen the team.

  5. hcf95688 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Our tailgate strated at 3:30. 10 hours later, I pulled into my driveway.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Ouch! So you are feeling like Fido’s ass today huh HCF?
    Take a 5 hour energe drink (extra strength). It’s in the black bottle. That’ll get you to lunch anyway.

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    As soon as I saw Jose Molina caught stealing in the 7th, I knew that one way or another we were going to lose.

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