One day after clinching the AL Central, the Royals threw out their B-squad Friday night against the Indians. Carlos Carrasco took advantage by striking out a career-high 15 batters as part of a one-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory.
Carrasco, who came within one out of a no-hitter against the Rays on July 1, held the Royals hitless until Alex Rios singled with one out in the seventh. He completed the gem by sitting down the final eight batters, which included six consecutive strikeouts at one point. It was his second career shutout and sixth career complete game.
Every hitter in the Royals’ lineup struck out at least once. Carrasco induced 26 swinging strikes and all of his 15 strikeouts came on a swing and miss.
Carrasco became the first pitcher in franchise history to strike out 15 batters in a shutout while allowing no more than one hit. According to Jeffrey Flanagan and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, such a pitching line has only been accomplished 16 times in MLB since 1914. His game score was 98, tied for second-highest in the majors this season. Only Max Scherzer‘s 16-strikeout one-hitter against the Brewers ranks higher.
Carrasco, who has 211 strikeouts, and Corey Kluber (230 strikeouts) are the first pair of Indians pitchers to have 200-plus strikeouts in a season since Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell did it in 1967 and 1968.