As the Seattle Mariners vie for one of the American League wild-card spots, they got one impressive outing from rookie pitcher George Kirby,
who made Major League Baseball history by throwing seven innings against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
The 24-year-old rookie was on fire from the start on Wednesday, setting a new MLB record with 24 consecutive strikeouts to open a game.
Kirby's streak total surpassed the previous mark set by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove in 2018.
"It just prepares you for the whole at-bat," Kirby told reporters after the game, "I mean, if you get strike one, now the hitter has to protect five pitches.
Just strike out. I really try pounding corners, just really quality hitting, that's what I've been focusing on. Sometimes you throw one up the middle."
Kirby said his approach was simply to go out on the mound and attack the strike zone; he didn't want to throw around any hitters.
“They've been preaching that since day one and it's something I've really stuck with. I just go there and attack. You can't do anything wrong just throw punches.