It’s September 15, 2014, and Jacob deGrom ties a Major League record with eight straight strikeouts to start the game. Back in 1986, Astros lefthander, Jim Deshaies set the modern record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game. He K’d eight Dodgers in a row.
Facing the Miami Marlins, deGrom starts his record-setting streak by fanning Christian Yelich. He strikes out out the side in the first. Jake begins the second inning getting Marcell Ozuna looking on a called third strike. He fans the side again.
In the top of the third inning, deGrom strikes out Jordany Valdespin and Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis to tie the major league record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game. He retired four of the eight batters swinging, while the other four went down looking.
But deGrom is unable to get the record-breaking K. His first pitch to Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart is singled to right. The funny thing is Cosart just arrived from the American League’s Astros at the trading deadline. His hit comes in only his 17th career major league at-bat. In his entire minor-league career, Cosart had only 15 at-bats.
DeGrom ultimately pitched seven innings and struck out a then career-high 13 batters. Jacob leaves after 7 innings with a 5-3 lead. Until those 7th inning runs, he had not allowed a run for 28 consecutive innings.
deGrom won the NL Rookie of the Year award at the end of the 2014 season.
deGrom and Deshaies’s record is tied on Sep 26, 2018, by Colorado’s German Marquez. He struck out the first eight straight Phillies he faced. But then Nick Pivetta reached on an error and Cesar Hernandez walked. Marquez ended the threat by striking out Carlos Santana.