Paxton sets Canadian record for most strikeouts in a game

 Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) struck out 16 Oakland A's in seven innings on Wednesday to set a new record for most strikeouts by a Canadian pitcher in a major league game. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) struck out 16 Oakland A's in seven innings on Wednesday to set a new record for most strikeouts by a Canadian pitcher in a major league game. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

By Neil Munro

Canadian Baseball Network

Seattle Mariners southpaw James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) struck out 16 Oakland A's batters in seven innings on Wednesday to set a new record for most strikeouts by a Canadian pitcher in a major league game.

Paxton, who despite his dominance picked up a no-decision in the M's 3-2 victory, broke the Canuck record of 15 strikeouts in a game shared by Navan, Ont., native Erik Bedard (July 7, 2007) and The Only Nolan (Union Association, August 27, 1884).

The following chart lists the top single-game strikeout performances by Canadian pitchers in the major leagues:

All-Time Top Single Game Strikeout Performances by Canadians

RankPitcherSeasonTeamDateStrikeoutsWalksInningsScoreOpponent
1James Paxton2018Seattle AL5/21617L (2 - 3)Oakland
2Erik Bedard2007Baltimore AL7/71509W (3 - 0)Texas
2The Only Nolan1884Wilmington UA8/271518L (1 - 7)Boston
4Ferguson Jenkins1970Chicago NL6/271408L (0 - 1)Pittsburgh
4Ferguson Jenkins1971Chicago NL7/241409W (2 - 1)Philadelphia
4Ferguson Jenkins1971Chicago NL9/191419W (6 - 3)Philadelphia
7Mike Kilkenny1969Detroit AL9/171359W (5 - 0)Cleveland
7Ferguson Jenkins1968Chicago NL7/271329W (2 - 1)Los Angeles
7Ferguson Jenkins1980Texas AL7/151318L (1 - 2)Chicago
10Bill Mountjoy1884Cincinnati AA6/291209W (16 - 0)Washington
10John Hiller1977Detroit AL6/141239W (7 - 2)Toronto
10Ferguson Jenkins1967Chicago NL5/301249W (12 - 5)Atlanta
10Ferguson Jenkins1968Chicago NL4/111209W (10 - 3)Cincinnati
10Ferguson Jenkins1968Chicago NL7/191259W (6 - 2)Los Angeles
10Ferguson Jenkins1968Chicago NL8/131239W (10 - 3)St. Louis
10Ferguson Jenkins1969Chicago NL8/41219W (9 - 3)Houston
10Ferguson Jenkins1970Chicago NL6/91228W (7 - 3)San Diego
10Ferguson Jenkins1970Chicago NL9/23(1)1228L (1 - 2)St. Louis
10Ferguson Jenkins1971Chicago NL5/51229W (5 - 4)New York
10Ferguson Jenkins1971Chicago NL5/101209W (3 - 0)Philadelphia
10Kirk McKaskill1986California AL4/221259W (5 - 1)Oakland
10Kirk McKaskill1986California AL7/2312410W (3 - 2)Milwaukee
10Erik Bedard2005Baltimore AL5/41228W (5 - 1)Toronto
10Erik Bedard2006Baltimore AL6/211208W (4 - 0)Florida NL
10Erik Bedard2007Baltimore AL5/201237L (3 - 4)Washington NL
10Ryan Dempster2008Chicago NL5/151218.1W (4 - 0)San Diego NL
2733 times   11   

Canadian pitchers with 10 or more strikeouts in one major league game (21 pitchers did it 137 times through the May 3, 2018):

Jeff Francis (1 time)

Erik Bedard (16 times)          

Reggie Cleveland (1 time)       

Rheal Cormier (2 times)

Ryan Dempster (16 times)       

Rich Harden (12 times)          

John Hiller (2 times)                 

Ferguson Jenkins (48 times)

Mike Kilkenny (3 times)          

Kirk McCaskill (6 times)        

Steve Wilson (2 times)             

Oscar Judd (1 time)

Joe Krakauskas (1 time)           

Bob Steele (2 times)               

Russ Ford (5 times)                  

Bill Mountjoy (2 times)

Bob Emslie (4 times)                

Scott Richmond (2 times)      

The Only Nolan (3 times)        

James Paxton (6 times)           

Nick Pivetta (2 times)

Most 10 or more strikeout major league games by a Canadian pitcher in one season:   

9, Ferguson Jenkins 1970

7, Ferguson Jenkins in 1969, 1971 and 1974 and Eric Bedard in 2007           

 

Comment

Neil Munro

Neil is a retired secondary school mathematics teacher with a life-long passion for the collection and analysis of baseball statistics. A North Bay Ontario resident for almost 50 years, Neil has fuelled his interest by serving as a research consultant with STATS Inc. He was the former chair of the Records Committee of SABR – the Society for American Baseball Research. Neil assisted in the development of the complete statistical database of baseball records that is used by a number of pro and media organizations and formed the basis for the STATS Inc. All-time Major League Handbook. He has contributed innumerable essays and columns to a variety of publications including; the Bill James Baseball Abstract, Grandstand Baseball Annual and Innings, and Canada’s Baseball Newspaper. Neil’s special interest continues to be the maintenance of the records compiled by Canadians in the major league. In 1996, he authored the Canadian Players Encyclopedia, a full statistical record of all current and former major leaguers from Canada.