New MLB record: 24 straight strikes to start the game!


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Mar 3, 2007
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Virtually all the scouting reports, commentary from coaches and even a self-reflective description from George Kirby entering his rookie season centered on one theme: He throws a lot of strikes.
Yet Kirby took that skill to another level on Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals, thrusting himself into the MLB record books by beginning the matinee at T-Mobile Park with 24 straight strikes.

“The command and what he's done, forget the rookie tag on him,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “You can put the command and controlling the strike zone up with anybody in our league.” the ninth, Paul Sewald walked his first batter and then gave up a decisive two-run homer in a 1-2 count with two outs to Ildemaro Vargas that pushed the Nationals ahead for good. It was a disappointing finish to an otherwise stellar day from Seattle’s two touted rookies.

Even so, with each passing start, Kirby continues to put the Mariners in position to win -- which will be a vital attribute as each game becomes more and more important.