Stet­son alum Klu­ber was a strike­out ma­chine

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Wednesday - By Roy Parry

TO­DAY IN CEN­TRAL FLORIDA SPORTS HIS­TORY

Corey Klu­ber was on, like he had never been be­fore, on any day, at any level of his pitch­ing ca­reer.

The Cleve­land In­di­ans ace and Stet­son Uni­ver­sity alum pitched his way into base­ball’s record books as he struck out 18 in eight in­nings dur­ing a 2-0 win against the St. Louis Car­di­nals on this day in 2015.

Klu­ber joined Randy John­son (three times), Roger Cle­mens (twice), Kerry Wood and Ra­mon Martinez as the only MLB pitch­ers to record 18 strike­outs through eight in­nings.

Hav­ing thrown 113 pitches, Klu­ber did not come out for the ninth. He also was just seven starts into a new sea­son and was com­ing off an Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award­win­ning cam­paign.

So Klu­ber did not get the chance to tie or break the record of 20 strike­outs in a nine-in­ning game, shared by Wood and Cle­mens.

John­son and Max Scherzer also posted ninein­ning, 20-strike­out ef­forts but their re­spec­tive games went into ex­tra in­nings.

Orlando na­tive and Boone High alum Cody Allen earned the save with a per­fect ninth to close out the vic­tory.

Allen later told Fox Sports Ohio that up un­til the point that he en­tered the game, he had been mes­mer­ized by Klu­ber’s out­ing.

“I was def­i­nitely a fan,” Allen said.

It was sta­tis­ti­cal per­for­mance few could have seen com­ing. Klu­ber, who pitched at Stet­son from 2005-07, was 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA be­fore he took the mound against St. Louis. In fact, Klu­ber had al­lowed at least four earned runs in his last four starts.

St. Louis was 23-9 en­ter­ing the game and went to post the most wins (100) in base­ball that sea­son.

By the time they were done fac­ing Klu­ber, all but two Car­di­nals hit­ters had struck out at least twice against him.

Klu­ber, who did not walk a bat­ter, also held the Car­di­nals hit­less un­til the sev­enth in­ning when short­stop Jhonny Per­alta man­aged a two-out sin­gle.

The only other St. Louis base runner came when Klu­ber hit Matt Hol­l­i­day with a pitch in the first in­ning.

Klu­ber threw 65.5% (74) of his 113 pitches for strikes — 24 swing­ing and 20 look­ing. The other 30 strikes re­sulted in ei­ther a foul ball or were put in play. The Car­di­nals man­aged five fly ball outs and one ground ball out against Klu­ber.

He struck out Kolten Wong swing­ing on a 2-2 fast­ball to start the game and closed the top of the first in­ning with a strike­out of Per­alta, who waved at a break­ing ball in the dirt.

Klu­ber opened the third by fan­ning Mark Reynolds and went on to strike out nine of the next 10 bat­ters. In all, Klu­ber struck out the side three times.

His 18 strike­outs also matched the team record for most in a nine-in­ning game, set by Bob Feller in 1938.

“Any time that you throw your name in there with Bob Feller, that’s ob­vi­ously very hum­bling and a great ac­com­plish­ment. More so im­por­tant is ob­vi­ously get­ting the win,” Klu­ber told The As­so­ci­ated Press af­ter the game.

TONY DEJAK/AP

Stet­son alum Corey Klu­ber be­came the fifth pitcher in Major League Base­ball his­tory to record 18 strike­outs in eight in­nings pitched dur­ing a nine-in­ning game on May 13, 2015.

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