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German Márquez ties, sets strikeout records against Phillies

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With his fifth strikeout against the Phillies on Wednesday night, pitcher German Márquez set the Rockies’ new single-season strikeout record at 215. Ubaldo Jiménez previously held the record at 214, set in 2010.

Márquez, in fact, struck out the first eight Phillies he faced, also a Rockies record. He tied the major league record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game. The Astros’ Jim Deshaies struck out the first eight batters he faced on September 23, 1986 and the Mets’ Jacob deGrom did it on September 15, 2014. The streak ended when opposing pitcher Nick Pivetta hit a weak grounder to the left of the mound. Pivetta ended up reaching safely because Márquez’s throw to first base was poor.

The 23-year-old right-hander entered Wednesday’s start with a 13-10 record, a 3.91 ERA, and a 210/54 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings. He and Kyle Freeland have been the backbone of the starting rotation throughout the year and the Rockies now find themselves just a half-game out of first place in the NL West with five games remaining.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.