K-mazing: Yanks-Cubs sets strikeout record

K-mazing: Yanks-Cubs sets strikeout record

CHICAGO -- Home plate at Wrigley Field proved to be the windiest place in the city as the Yankees and Cubs made history during Sunday evening's 18-inning marathon, setting a Major League record with 48 combined strikeouts.

Austin Romine's strikeout facing Pedro Strop in the top of the 17th inning was the 44th between the two clubs, eclipsing the previous record of 43, set in a 20-inning tilt between the Angels and Athletics on July 9, 1971.

The Yankees scored in the 18th and held on for a 5-4 win, as Chasen Shreve struck out Kyle Hendricks for the final out.

"That was definitely the longest game I've ever been a part of, and one of the more exciting back-and-forth [games]," said Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder, who struck out three in three scoreless innings.

Pinch-hitter John Lackey's swinging strikeout against Shreve in the bottom of the 16th tied the previous record.

"For the most part, man, epic strikeout performance," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Cubs, Yanks break MLB K record

Luis Severino and Jon Lester, the starters in Sunday's contest, each recorded nine strikeouts. Every pitcher to appear struck out at least one batter.

"I think everything was working for me all night," Severino said.

The Yankees set franchise single-game strikeout records for both pitching (26) and hitting (22). New York also had seven pitchers with at least two strikeouts, the most in Major League history for a single game.

"I think a lot of guys played well tonight," Holder said. "The pitching staff, Shreve did a great job, [Adam] Warren, Sevvy dominated. All around, I think it was pretty awesome."

Chicago batters set a franchise record with their 26 strikeouts, while the 22 strikeouts by Cubs pitchers marked the second-most in franchise history. They whiffed 24 in a 17-inning game on May 15, 2003, at Milwaukee.

The previous Wrigley Field record for strikeouts in a single game was 37, set on May 31, 2003, against the Astros.

"Their pitchers are good, but we have to do better than that at the plate," Maddon said. "We have to make adjustments. We were not making adjustments."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.