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.