When you bring Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Doug Fister into any series, there are going to be some strikeouts. In the ALCS between the Tigers and Red Sox, they’ve combined to knock down a long-standing League Championship Series record while helping the Red Sox knock down an inauspicious one of their own.
Via CSN New England’s Maureen Mullen:
Mullen notes that the Tigers overcame the record set by the Braves in 1991, and the Red Sox overcame the record set by the Indians in 1963.
The record for strikeouts in any post-season series was set in 2001 by the eventual World Series champion Diamondbacks with 70. After Max Scherzer struck out the side in the bottom of the second, the Red Sox are sitting at 65.
UPDATE (11:06 PM ET): Manaea is through eight innings of his no-hitter. He caught Rafael Devers looking, then induced a pop-up to retire Sandy Leon and whiffed Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the inning. He’s at 95 pitches and a career-high 10 strikeouts entering the ninth.
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea has no-hit the Red Sox through seven innings of Saturday’s game. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea held the Sox to just three total baserunners through the first seven innings.
Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning, collecting an infield hit for what appeared to be the Red Sox’ first hit of the evening. Upon further review, however, the hit was reversed after Benintendi incurred a batter interference call for running outside the baseline.
Manaea is currently working with a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth. He’s racked up eight strikeouts against 23 batters so far.
If Manaea sees the no-hitter through to completion — as seems entirely possible, given that his pitch count is resting at 84 entering the eighth — he’ll be the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter, meanwhile, was back in 1993 against the Mariners’ Chris Bosio.