Verlander, 36, became the 18th major league pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts and the 19th in the modern era (since 1900) to record 300 strikeouts in a season. He notched number 3,000 in the fourth inning with his strikeout of Los Angeles Angers’ Kole Calhoun, who was able to reach first on a wild pitch.
Interestingly enough, it’s the first time a pitcher has recorded his 3,000th strikeout on a wild pitch, according to stats from Baseball-Reference.
Angels’ Andrelton Simmons smacked a two-run homer to give the Angels a 3-0 lead following the wild pitch.
Verlander finished his outing with 12 strikeouts in six innings and gave up three runs, four hits and no walks, improving his record to 21-6 as the Astros beat the Angels 6-3.
“Three thousand was something I wanted to accomplish this season. I honestly wrote off 300,” Verlander said (h/t ESPN). “I thought it was going to be a lot to ask for since these guys don’t strike out much. I got 3,000, and then to look up after five innings and have 11 strikeouts. Talking to AJ [Hinch, Houston’s manager], I knew we were only going to go six innings. I had more emotion for 300 than 3,000 because I didn’t expect to get there in this game. Very thankful to get both accomplishments. It hasn’t set in yet.”
“It was a big night for Justin and a great night for our team,” Angels manager AJ Hinch said.
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