Rays' pitching staff sets MLB monthly record for K's
Boxberger records team's 287th strikeout in June to break Cubs' mark from 2002
NEW YORK -- Rays righty Chris Archer saw history elude him Monday night when closer Joel Peralta gave up a game-tying solo home run to Brian Roberts in the ninth inning. Archer was in line to become the first pitcher in over a century to beat the Yankees in each of his first five starts against them.
But the blown save opened the door for the Rays to cash in on a different milestone in their 4-3 win over the Yankees in 12 innings.
In the 12th, Brad Boxberger struck out Ichiro Suzuki to record the Rays' 287th strikeout in the month of June, the most ever by one team in any month in Major League history.
"I guess in some perverse way it was set to be this way," said manager Joe Maddon. "We've done a lot of firsts within this organization over the last several years. We were looking to do another first as a team this year."
The strikeout eclipsed the Chicago Cubs' previous record of 286 posted in August 2002, when righties Kerry Wood and Mark Prior were at the peaks of their game. Boxberger ended up throwing two scoreless innings to pick up his first career win, along with one important whiff.
"I didn't know that," Boxberger said about breaking the record. "But I knew we were close to it. Some guys were mentioning it. Just to get it is pretty fun to say I was part of it."
The Rays have now tallied 744 strikeouts through 85 games.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.