Newsclip®: [Sports] Madison Bumgarner and the rarity of 20 K’s in a game - San Francisco Chronicle

"The Giants’ ace twice struck out 14 hitters, his career high. Another six, and he’d know what it’s like to be the Nationals’ Scherzer, whose 20 strikeouts in nine innings against Detroit Wednesday were matched by only three others in the game’s history. When Roger Clemens (1986 and 1996), Kerry Wood (1998) and Randy Johnson (1997) got their 20 K’s, the day’s best pitchers were supposed to go nine innings, not held back by pitch counts or specialized relievers. [...] when realizing repertoires have been expanded and strikeouts were darn near embarrassments back in the day -- Joe DiMaggio had 13 in 622 plate appearances in 1941 - perhaps it’s not so odd. Feller was the only pitcher from 1885 to 1958 to reach 18. [...] it was done 21 times including eight in the 1990s, just three in the 2000s. [...] starters rarely go nine innings anymore and therefore don’t get many opportunities for 20 strikeouts. [...] when Scherzer struck", www.sfchronicle.com


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