WHICH IS MORE EXCITING A 20-STRIKEOUT GAME OR A NEW PLINKO RECORD?

It took Craig Kimbrel having to strike out four Rangers in the 9th inning, but he did and Red Sox recorded the sixth nine-inning 20 strikeout game in baseball history and the third pitched by the Red Sox.

Including extra-inning contests, there have been 53 20+ strikeout games since 1913 but like the water rising as a result of global warming, with the propensity of players whiffing, and teams showing the same disregard to strikeouts as the Trump administration shows to our climate, I expect there will be many more of those games in the near future.

Last night’s contest, like the Angels dominant performance in 2012, featured five pitchers.

Let me flood you with the stats.

The Six Nine Inning 20 Strikeout Games

 
Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H ER BB SO HR Pit Str BF AB 2B HBP SH SB PO BK WP # of pitchers Attendance GmLen
2017-05-25 BOS TEX W 6-2 9.0 4 2 1 20 1 153 103 33 32 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 33,484 203
2012-09-25 LAA SEA W 5-4 9.0 11 4 2 20 2 175 117 40 37 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 38,538 190
2016-05-11 WSN DET W 3-2 9.0 6 2 0 20 2 119 96 33 33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 35,695 158
1998-05-06 CHC HOU W 2-0 9.0 1 0 0 20 0 122 84 29 27 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 15,758 139
1996-09-18 BOS DET W 4-0 9.0 5 0 0 20 0 151 101 32 32 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 8,779 176
1986-04-29 BOS SEA W 3-1 9.0 3 1 0 20 1 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13,414 159
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Red Sox Pitchers 05-25-2017
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Drew Pomeranz, W (4-3) 6 4 2 2 1 11 1 23 96 64 26 18 20 4 7 4
Heath Hembree, H (10) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 13 8 3 3 2 0 0 0
Robby Scott, H (7) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
Matt Barnes, H (5) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 21 14 8 3 3 0 1 0
Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 19 14 3 6 5 0 0 0
Team Totals 9 4 2 2 1 20 1 33 153 103 40 33 30 4 8 4
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Angels Pitchers 09-25-2012
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Zack Greinke, W (15-5) 5 7 1 1 2 13 1 24 110 70 25 21 24 4 5 3
Garrett Richards, H (5) 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 14 11 3 7 1 0 0 0
Scott Downs 0.2 3 3 3 0 0 1 5 19 12 7 2 3 1 4 3
Kevin Jepsen, H (17) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 17 11 6 4 1 1 2 0
Ernesto Frieri, S (21) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 15 13 7 4 2 0 1 0
Team Totals 9 11 4 4 2 20 2 40 175 117 48 38 31 6 12 6
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Max! 05-11-2016
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Max Scherzer, W (4-2) 9 6 2 2 0 20 2 33 119 96 38 31 27 3 10 3
Team Totals 9 6 2 2 0 20 2 33 119 96 38 31 27 3 10 3
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Many feel that this is the greatest game ever pitched 05-06-1998
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Kerry Wood, W (3-2) 9 1 0 0 0 20 0 29 122 84 30 24 30 5 3 0
Team Totals 9 1 0 0 0 20 0 29 122 84 30 24 30 5 3 0
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Roger – 10 Years After 09-18-1996
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Roger Clemens, W (10-12) 9 5 0 0 0 20 0 32 151 101 38 32 31 8 4 2
Team Totals 9 5 0 0 0 20 0 32 151 101 38 32 31 8 4 2
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Roger the First 04-29-1986
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Roger Clemens, W (4-0) 9 3 1 1 0 20 1 30
Team Totals 9 3 1 1 0 20 1 30
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Generated 5/26/2017.

The otherwise dull Red Sox/Rangers game last night took three hours and twenty-three minutes. As Crash Davis said in Bull Durham:

“Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.”

Check out six minutes of pure joy and excitement from Ryan as he set a new Plinko record on yesterday’s The Price is Right with the great Drew Carey