48 STRIKEOUTS! CUBS-YANKS SET MARK FOR WHIFFS IN ONE GAME!

By Steve Kelly

The Yankees and Cubs broke a major league record for combined strikeouts in a game with 48 last night in New York’s 5-4 victory in 18 innings at Wrigley Field.

The record fell when Yankees catcher Austin Romine became the game’s 44th strikeout in the 17th inning, while facing Cubs reliever Pedro Strop.

Four more K’s pushed the total to 48 as the game stretched into the 18th inning, making it MLB’s longest of the season by innings and duration. It also was the first interleague game to go 18 innings and the longest in game time, at 6 hours, 5 minutes, in the history of Sunday Night Baseball, since the series began in 1990.

The previous record of 43 strikeouts was set in a 20-inning game between theLos Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics in 1971.

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