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A look at the Royals’ record-breaking bullpen streak

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera. The Associated Press

With three clean innings on Tuesday night, the Royals’ bullpen set a franchise record with 32 straight scoreless innings. The previous record, according to Elias, was 29  2/3 innings, recorded in 1969, the club’s first year of existence.

The streak began on Aug. 10, when Chien-Ming Wang and Dillon Gee finished out a 14-inning victory over the White Sox with scoreless innings in the 12th, 13th and 14th.

The record-breaking out was recorded by rookie Matt Strahm in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over the Marlins. More impressive: The record came after injuries to closer Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar.

How have the Royals done it? Here is the breakdown of innings pitched during the stretch:

 
NameIPRunsSOs
Joakim Soria5.107
Matt Strahm5.107
Kelvin Herrera507
Chris Young505
Brian Flynn4.102
Chien-Ming Wang301
Peter Moylan201
Dillon Gee203
Totals32033
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