Astros Tie MLB 9-Inning Record with 20 Strikeouts vs. Angels

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 3, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 03: Framber Valdez #59 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park on July 03, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros tied a nine-inning Major League Baseball record by striking out 20 opposing batters in a 4-2 walkoff win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.


The <a href="https://twitter.com/astros?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Astros</a> have struck out a franchise record TWENTY batters in 9 innings. <a href="https://t.co/pJQLsZ8hHo">pic.twitter.com/pJQLsZ8hHo</a>

Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

Astros 4, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Angels?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Angels</a> 2<br><br>The Angels struck out 20 times, equaling a major league record for a nine-inning game.<br><br>Ryan Tepera gave up a 2-run HR to Jeremy Peña in the bottom of the 9th.

Starting pitcher Framber Valdez struck out 13 batters in six innings. Relievers Hector Neris and Rafael Montero then punched out two batters apiece before closer Ryan Pressly struck out the side in the ninth.

The Astros and Angels were tied at two going into the bottom of the ninth, but shortstop Jeremy Pena's second home run of the day—a two-run shot that scored second baseman Jose Altuve—gave Houston its fifth straight victory.


Jeremy Peña for the win!<br><br>(MLB x <a href="https://twitter.com/CapitalOne?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CapitalOne</a>) <a href="https://t.co/o98iaajQr2">pic.twitter.com/o98iaajQr2</a>

In addition, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Astros set a record with 48 strikeouts over a three-game series without extra innings.

Cristian Javier struck out 14 batters Friday in an 8-1 win, Jose Urquidy added nine more strikeouts in a 9-1 win Saturday, and Houston relievers combined for five more K's over those two days.

Only three pitchers have struck out 20 batters in nine innings: Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Max Scherzer.

Per Baseball Almanac, this marks the eighth time in MLB history that a team has struck out 20 batters in a nine-inning game. Sunday is the fourth time that a group of pitchers collectively fanned 20 as well.