Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Cory Kluber is the first Indians hurler since Dennis Eckersley in 1976 to have as many as eight games in a single season with 10 or more strikeouts, per MLB Stat of the Day.
Kluber went 7.2 strong innings Friday night against the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, allowing one earned run while recording exactly 10 strikeouts. He was unfortunate not to factor into the decision, but the Indians would eventually pull out a 2-1 victory in 11 innings.
Per Lee Sinins, creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia (via DaillyGammons.com), Kluber's eight outings with double-digit strikeouts tie him with Eckersley (1976) and Herb Score (1955) for ninth place on the Indians' franchise list in this somewhat obscure category. Sam McDowell is responsible for five of the top 10 seasons on the list, including the two leading campaigns of 13 and 17 double-digit strikeout games in 1968 and 1965, respectively.
This is only Kluber's second full season in the majors after he appeared in a total of 15 games between the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. Last year, Kluber went 11-5 with a 3.86 ERA over 147.1 innings, recording just two double-digit strikeout games among his 24 starts.
The 28-year-old righty has already collected a career-high 13 wins and 197 strikeouts in 2014 as the only reliable member of a shaky Indians staff. Relief pitcher Scott Atchison is second on the team with six wins, followed by starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, who spent all of April in the minors and now owns a 5-8 record through 16 starts (18 games).
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.
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