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Rockies’ Jon Gray sets single-game club strikeout record

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Gray broke an 18-year-old record previously set by the late Darryl Kile.

San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images

On Saturday night in Denver Jon Gray set a Rockies franchise record by striking out 16 Padres in his first career complete game shutout, the second by a Rockies pitcher this season. He broke the record previously held by Darryl Kile, when he struck out 14 against the Montreal Expos on August 20, 1998.

He also became the 80th pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning, accomplishing the feat in the second inning. This was part of a run of six straight strikeouts in the second and third innings, also a franchise record. Rockies pitchers had struck out five in a row seven times previously.

His game score of 102 (according to MLB.com) is the highest in MLB this season. Gray allowed just four hits in the game and walked none. In all it was easily the most dominant pitching performance at Coors Field since Hideo Nomo no-hit the Rockies twenty years ago to the day. (Nomo walked four and struck out eight in still the only no-hitter thrown in Coors Field history.)

In all, Gray set Rockies records for most strikeouts, most consecutive strikeouts, highest game score, and extended his record for most strikeouts for a rookie in a season. Not a bad night for the 2014 first round pick.