Verlander Fans Ohtani To Reach 2500 Strikeout Milestone

Jose Verdugo
May 17, 2018

In the fourth, he grounded out to second and went down swinging again in the sixth. Two-way rookie phenom Ohtani went zero-for-four, including striking out on three pitches to begin the ninth inning to give Verlander the 2,500th strikeout of his career. But it wasn't time to reflect, not for the intensely focused Verlander with Pujols coming up to bat. "I know I'm creeping up on 200 wins, so maybe that's an opportunity to really kind of sit down and think about the gravity of some things, but it's something I'm working on".

Pujols singled to right-center with two outs and Verlander walked Andrelton Simmons before retiring Cozart.

Houston took two of three in the series and holds a two-game lead in the AL West over the Angels.

Verlander is now one of two active pitchers, along with New York Yankees right-hander CC Sabathia, who has logged at least 2,500 K's.

"It (stinks) to lose a game on a play like that", Cozart said.

In 2,613.2 innings pitched, Verlander has a 3.40 ERA.

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Ohtani struck out three times.

Astros: OF Tony Kemp was recalled from Triple-A Fresno after OF Jake Marisnick was sent down following Tuesday night's game.

Angels: RHP Eduardo Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City, giving the Angels another option in their struggling and overworked bullpen.

The current record over the past century belongs to Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who posted a 1.12 ERA over 34 starts in 1968.

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (5-0, 2.03 ERA) starts against Cleveland on Friday. Skaggs has not won at home this season, going 0-2 with a 5.31 ERA in four starts.

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