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Rangers strike out 15 Astros in second straight shutout

Apr 3, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

Alexi Ogando AP

Alexi Ogando wasn’t quite Yu Darvish today, but he did surrender just four hits and strike out 10 Astros over 6 1/3 innings in the Rangers’ 4-0 win.

Michael Kirkman and Joe Nathan combined to fan five in relief, giving the Rangers their second straight 15-strikeout game. Darvish racked up that many all by himself in his near-perfect game last night.

The Astros became the fourth team since 2000 to strike out 15 times in back-to-back games. The 2002 Brewers did it against the Diamondbacks and the duo of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. It also happened last year to the Mariners (versus the Rays) and the Pirates (versus the Brewers). In all, the Astros fanned 43 times in the three-game series, though they did sneak in a win in Sunday night’s opener.

That made the Rangers the first team in big league history (well, at least since 1916 and probably before) to strike out at least 13 batters in the first three games of the season. The 2001 Diamondbacks, again with Johnson and Schilling, were the only team since 1916 to start off with two such games.

  1. kjericho43 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Coincidence? Probably not.

  2. mscott4 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Darvish had 14 not 15 last night. Kirkman got the 15th.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      I always find it intriguing when people down-thumb simple statements of fact. So let’s try another: Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:27 AM

        LOL. Thanks for not disappointing! Let’s try another, riskier one: Most US Presidents were born somewhere on planet Earth. Go!

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM


    Imagine how much worse the Astros offense would be if they still didn’t have the benefit of a DH.

    Wait….do they know they can use a DH?

  4. miketreedy - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    It’s going to be a very tough year for the Astros.

    • stex52 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Well, it’s not much of a surprise. If there is any real optimism, it’s that the top three starters had pretty good debuts. Of course, #4 is looking at TJ surgery now. When you can’t get a break, it can be a tough slog. It’s a transition year. Settle in and hope for the best.

  5. elmo - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    So I guess opening night was not, after all, a sign that everybody was wrong about the Astros?

  6. jaysjunkie - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Geography be damned, why couldn’t Houston have been moved to the AL East?

    • stex52 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Nice thought. But whom do you displace? I hate that all these west coast games will be so late. But I wasn’t consulted.

  7. rvnc - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I was just wondering what the record is for the most strikeouts by a team over a season. Surely it must be at risk this season with the Astros?

  8. rbj1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Hmm, we might be looking at 1899 Cleveland Spiders level of ineptitude.

  9. jeffa43 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    I would cut Houston some slack, in reality they just faced three #1’s in a row…. And won 1.

    It will be tough, but all three Astro starters went 6 and gave up 2,1 and 1.

    They will be better than most think.

  10. blazertop - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Overall, The Astros won’t be as bad as everyone thinks, but they will at certain times during the season, be worse I’m afraid

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