Cleveland Indians RHP Corey Kluber struck out 18 batters and took a no-hitter into the 7th inning in his team’s 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, gave up only one hit and walked none (but hit a batter) in eight innings. He was pulled from the game before the 9th inning because he had thrown 113 pitches, denying him the chance to tie or break the MLB record of 20 strikeouts in a 9-inning game.
Kluber’s achievement was nonetheless impressive as he tied Bob Feller for the club record for most strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Feller did it on the last day of the 1938 season. Ironically, a new exhibit honoring the late Hall-of-Famer opened at Cleveland’s Progressive Field before Wednesday’s game.
Kluber pitched in the Midwest League in 2008, going 4-3 with a 3.21 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 56 IP for the Fort Wayne Wizards. He was a San Diego Padres farmhand at that time.