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Stat of the Night: On Shaun Marcum and Strikeouts

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May 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (18) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
May 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (18) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

In Shaun Marcum's strong start tonight, he posted nine strikeouts. It's a big mark for several reasons. First of all, it's his highest strikeout total in his two seasons as a Brewer. It's also his highest strikeout total since July 30, 2010. Here is a list of his best strikeout performances in his career:

Date Opponent Strikeouts
06/16/2007 Nationals 11
06/30/2006 Red Sox 10
07/30/2010 Indians 10
05/02/2008 White Sox 9
05/07/2008 Rays 9
06/11/2008 Mariners 9
05/28/2012 Dodgers 9

This was also only the fourth game of the season where a starter had at least nine strikeouts. Two of the other starts were by Zack Greinke, and the third came from Marco Estrada.