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Cubs: Max Scherzer ties Kerry Wood's MLB strikeout record

Cubs: Max Scherzer ties Kerry Wood's MLB strikeout record

There's a new member of the 20K club.

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer delivered a masterful performance in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, allowing just six hits and striking out 20 batters, which tied an MLB record for most in a nine-inning game.

Only Roger Clemens (1986 and 1996) and Kerry Wood (1998) have accomplished that feat, although Randy Johnson recorded 20 Ks in nine innings on May 8, 2001 during a game against the Cincinnati Reds that concluded in extra innings.

Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators holds the record for most strikeouts in a single game with 21, which came on Sept. 12 1962 against the Baltimore Orioles in a 16-inning contest.

The former Cubs ace, nicknamed "Kid K" for his 20-strikeout game coming as a 20-year-old rookie, congratulated Scherzer on his performance via Twitter immediately after the win:

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

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