Faustino Corrales – Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio

Faustino Corrales Strikes Out 22 Batters in a Single Nine-Inning Game. Fans genuinely in the know about Cuban baseball will tell you that of all the pitchers Cuba has produced in the past several decades, it was Faustino Corrales who might have had the greatest big league prospects. A crafty southpaw with top control and a blazing fastball is hard to find anywhere on the planet. Corrales was rarely able to occupy the center stage of Cuban baseball, infrequently making the national team roster and laboring in Pinar behind such stalwarts as Contreras and Lazo. But on December 20, 2000 he accomplished a milestone never witnessed in the professional “big-time” when he gunned down 22 Holguín batters, breaking the Cuban single-game strikeout mark of 20 (set in 1969 by Habana’s Santiago “Changa” Mederos). The top big-league total of 20 in a nine-inning contest has been achieved on four occasions, twice by Roger Clemens and once each by Kerry Woods and Randy Johnson. The all-time big league standard of 21 (Tom Cheney for Washington during a 16-inning stint in 1962) itself falls one short of Faustino’s extraordinary full-game achievement. And it should be noted here that Cheney’s extra-inning record also misses the mark of the 24 Ks achieved back in 1977 during a similar 16-inning outing by yet another Pinar flamethrower, Rogelio García (then pitching for the team known as Vegueros).

Source: Peter C. Bjarkman, BaseballdeCuba.com

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