Peavy strikes out 9 straight, 1 shy of Seaver's record
PHOENIX -- San Diego's Jake Peavy fell one strike short of Tom Seaver's major league record of 10 consecutive strikeouts and fanned 16 strikeouts in seven innings against Arizona on Wednesday night.
Peavy had thrown 117 pitches when he was relieved by Scott Linebrink to open the eighth inning with San Diego leading 2-0. The strikeout record for a nine-inning game is 20, shared by Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood.
Peavy, who matched his career-high for strikeouts, struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings.
Eric Byrnes, who began the streak, led off the fifth. With a 2-2 count, Byrnes fouled off a pair of pitches, then checked his swing. First-base umpire Jeff Kellogg ruled he didn't go around, and Byrnes then took ball four, which was outside.
Stephen Drew flied out, and Peavy struck out Carlos Quentin. Following a four-pitch walk to Chris Snyder, Peavy fanned pitcher Brandon Webb for his 12th strikeout. Arizona manager Bob Melvin was ejected by plate umpire Mike Reilly after Webb's at-bat began with a called strike.
Seaver set the consecutive strikeouts record for the New York Mets against San Diego on April 22, 1970, when he struck out his final 10 batters -- and 19 in all.
Peavy had singled and run the bases in the top of the fifth. His first eight strikeouts in the streak were swinging.
The streak began in the second inning, when Peavy struck out Byrnes, Drew and Quentin.
San Diego's previous record for consecutive strikeouts in a game was six, shared by four pitchers.
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