White Sox beat Indians as Triston McKenzie sets club strikeout record

On Monday, May 30, 2021, Triston McKenzie set a new club record of eight consecutive strikeouts for the Cleveland Indians. However, it didn’t help, as Chicago’s Adam Eaton hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the White Sox an 8-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader.

The 23-year old McKenzie’s record was just one shy of the American League record, which was set by two Tigers: in 2012 by Doug Pfister and in 2020 by Tyler Alexander. Hall of Famer Tom Seaver holds the MLB record with 10 straight strikeouts.

The Indians and the White Sox played two seven-inning games at Progressive Field on Memorial Day. With the loss, and a 3-1 win in the second game of the doublehader, the Indians have now split eight games with the White Sox this year. Overall, the White Sox lead the series 1,102-1,094.

The spotlight fell on McKenzie whose record surpassed the mark Corey Kluber set against the White Sox on May 4, 2014, despite the loss on that day.

Regardless of the outcome, McKenzie says he is just happy his training turned out so well.

“My fastball was working up in the zone, curveball down, my slider worked, too,” he said. “It was just kind of keeping them guessing, and I credit a lot of that to René (Rivera).”

 
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The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland. The Indians compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division. (wikipedia)

 
 
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The Chicago White Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division. (wikipedia)

 
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