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Beneath the sweet spot, DeShaies signed this historic baseball and wrote: “Consecutive strikeouts to start a game 9-23-86."

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Jim DeShaies' Amazing Record

Pitcher Jim Deshaies went 12-5 with a 3.25 ERA as a rookie for the 1986 NL West-winning Astros. On September 23 of that year, he set a modern day, Major League record by striking out the first eight Los Angeles Dodgers that he faced. To end the streak, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda sent up pinch-hitter Larry See to hit for starting pitcher Dennis Powell in the third inning. He popped out. This ball is the ball that struck out the eighth batter, setting this incredible record.


The eight Dodgers that DeShaies struck out in order were:

Steve Sax
Reggie Williams
Enos Cabell
Pedro Guerrero
Alex Trevino
Jeff Hamilton
Dave Anderson
Jose Gonzalez