Rays records struck down in 15-inning game

Rays records struck down in 15-inning game

Rays records struck down in 15-inning game
OAKLAND -- Monday night's marathon did not end the way the Rays would have liked, as they saw their two-game win streak snapped in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

The game also left a legacy for the Rays, who saw several records fall during the 15-inning affair.

For starters, it was the longest road game for the Rays in terms of time (5:09) and innings.

Rays pitchers set a club record by striking out the most hitters in one game with 21. This was the highest total of strikeouts in one game since the Athletics struck out 21 in a 9-7 win at Texas that went 13 innings. In addition, the combined total of strikeouts by both clubs (33) established a new mark for the Rays.

Rays pitchers struck out 29 hitters over their two games, which was the highest total in consecutive games.

In addition, the Rays added an odd note by becoming the fourth team since 1919 to have its pitchers strike out 20 or more batters in a game and walk 10 or more in the same game.

Entering the final game of July, the Rays have struck out a Major League-high 230 batters in the month, the most by an American League team since the 1964 Indians fanned 264 behind Sam McDowell's 44. Rays pitchers have struck out 10 or more batters in 11 of the last 16 games.