Corey Kluber pitched the Indians past the Twins on Sunday afternoon, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Oh, and he also struck out 14 batters. In his second consecutive start. Per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Kluber is the first to strike out 14 in back-to-back starts since Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2004 with the Diamondbacks.
It’s Kluber’s 10th double-digit strikeout performance of the season, leaving him one shy of David Price for the most in baseball. Kluber jumped ahead of Price for the major league lead in strikeouts, 258 to 255, but Kluber has one start over Price.
The 28-year-old right-hander has had a breakout season, now 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA and a 258/49 K/BB ratio.