Rockies' Marquez opens with 8 K's to tie record
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ESPN News Services
DENVER — Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez tied a modern-day major league record with eight straight strikeouts to begin a game on his way to setting the franchise record for most K’s in a season.
Marquez matched a mark in Wednesday’s 14-0 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies that was set by Houston lefty Jim Deshaies on Sept. 23, 1986, and equaled by New York Mets righty Jacob deGrom on Sept. 15, 2014.
With a dominant win over the Phillies, German Marquez helped push Colorado past the Dodgers and into first place in the NL West.
The major league record is held by Mickey Welch, who had nine straight K’s on Aug. 28, 1884, for the New York Gothams.
“I really executed my plan good,” Marquez said through an interpreter. “The same mindset, attacking the hitter and executing my pitches. A lot of times it doesn’t work perfectly. Tonight, it was close to that.”
Marquez had everything working