Mariners rookie George Kirby sets major league record with 24 straight strikes

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Seattle Mariners Rookie George Kirby made a historic debut on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

The 24-year-old set a major league record by throwing 24 straight strikes to start the game. He had previously topped the points set by Joe Musgrove for Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018. Musgrove hits the mark against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kirby said he was surprised when he looked up and saw what he was doing.

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Starting pitcher George Kirby reacts as he walks off the field during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in Seattle.
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

“I looked 15 or 16 years old, and I was like ‘Oh, man,'” he said.

Even as the Mariners lost the game 3-1, Kirby was on a roll. according to mlb.com, Kirby had thrown out of the zone only one of his 24 strikes. He counted three balls just once and issued a zero walk.

“It prepares you for the whole batting lineup,” Kirby told reporters. “I mean, if you get a strike, the hitter now has to defend five pitches. Just attack. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. I really try and hammer corners, that’s all Really quality strikes, it’s a pity I’ve focused on. Sometimes, you throw one in the middle.”

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Seattle Mariners starter George Kirby delivers a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in Seattle.

Seattle Mariners starter George Kirby delivers a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in Seattle.
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Kirby said he’s trying to adhere to the mantra of “dominate the zone.”

“I was like, ‘I’m the guy for this. They’ve been promoting this since day 1, and it’s something I’ve really believed to be true to myself. I just go out there and attack. You don’t Too bad just throwing strikes. That’s the name of the game now.”

Kirby made his seventh inning for the first time since July 2 and only for the second time this season. He made nine strikeouts, which corresponded to his career highs, and 69 of his 85 pitches were strikeouts.

National infielder Ildemro Vargas hit a two-run home run in the ninth, putting up a loss on Mariners’ Day.

Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners is greeted by Carlos Santana in the dugout after hitting a single home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Aug.

Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners is greeted by Carlos Santana in the dugout after hitting a single home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Aug.
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

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Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez Hit his 20th home run. He became the fourth rookie to score 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a single season, joining Mitchell Page who did so for the Oakland Athletics in 1977, Ellis Burks who did it for the Boston Red Sox in 1987, and Marty Cordova. did so. For the Minnesota Twins in 1995.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.