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Kluber Sets World Series Record Striking Out Eight Cubs in Three Innings in Game One

CLEVELAND – The Indians are leading the Chicago Cubs 2-0 in game one of the World Series after three innings, but already history has been made in the 2016 Fall Classic thanks to Tribe starter Corey Kluber.

The ace of the Indians staff has been unhittable in the first three frames, as he has set a World Series record by striking out eight batters in three innings.

The pitcher’s first three innings went like this:

First inning

Dexter Fowler struck out looking
Kris Bryant struck out looking
Anthony Rizzo popped out to third

Second inning

Ben Zobrist doubled to right center
Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging
Javier Báez struck out looking
Chris Coghlan struck out looking

Third inning

Addison Russell struck out looking
David Ross singled to left
Dexter Fowler struck out swinging
Kris Bryant struck out swinging

In three innings of work, Kluber has thrown 52 pitches, 34 strikes. Bob Gibson, Orlando Hernandez and Randy Johnson all had seven K’s through three innings, a record that Kluber passed when he struck out Bryant to end the third with his 8th K.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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