Miami Marlin’s stable, Pablo Lopez, was intact to start Sunday’s opening game against the Atlanta Braves, rolling out the first nine strikers it faced and set a major league record in the process.
Lopez made Ehire Adrianza, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies hover in the first inning. Austin Riley’s second friend Orlando Arcia and Dansby Swanson then left Guillermo Heredia, Kevan Smith and pitcher Ian Anderson to close the third.
In this way, the 25-year-old right-hander broke the mark of eight consecutive strikes to start a game set by Jim Deshaies in 1986 and matched with Jacob deGrom in 2014 and the German Marquez in 2018.
Lopez averaged 4-5 and ERA 2.94 per game, averaging 9.7 high-stakes strikes per nine games.
He ended up completing six points and taking the win in a 7-4 victory over the Braves. He missed three wins and five hits – but after his record, Lopez did not hit another.