Monday 4x4: Feeling the Breeze at Coors

The Rockies had their problems making contact in Sunday's loss. They struck out 15 times, the 54th time in franchise history they struck out 15 or more times in agame. It was the ninth time a visiting team's pitchers struck them out 15 or more times at Coors Field, and the sixth time it happened in nine innings.

Swinging and Missing at Coors

Date Tm Opp Rslt PA SO
9/19/2013 COL STL W 7-6 (15) 66 17
4/13/2001 COL ARI L 3-7 37 17
9/20/2014 COL ARI W 5-1 36 16
5/13/2018 COL MIL L 3-7 37 15
7/8/2017 COL CHW L 4-5 38 15
7/20/2016 COL TBR L 3-11 39 15
10/1/2007 COL SDP W 9-8 (13) 59 15
8/19/2005 COL CHC L 3-5 37 15
8/19/1999 COL ATL L 7-9 (14) 56 15

Source: Baseball-reference.com

Brewers rookie Freddy Peralta only pitched 5 2/3 innings, registering 17 outs. Thirteen of the outs were by strikeout, one shy of the single game strikeout record for a Rockies opponent at Coors Field, which was set by Randy Johnson with the Diamondbacks on April 13, 2001. Overall, an opposing pitcher has struck out the Rockies 13 or more times in 18 games, including Johnson's single-game record of 17 innings at Chase Field on April 21, 2002.

Coors Field Visiting K-Kings

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Player Date Tm Opp W L IP SO
Randy Johnson 4/13/2001 Ari Col 1 0 7 14
Pedro Martinez 7/29/1997 Mon Col 1 0 9 13
Freddy Peralta 5/13/2018 Mil Col 1 0 5.2 13
Oliver Perez 7/7/2002 SD Col 1 0 6.2 13
Aaron Harang 5/4/2006 Cin Col 1 0 8.1 12
Randy Johnson 6/24/2001 Ari Col 0 1 6 12
Chris Archer 7/20/2016 TB Col 1 0 6 11
Miguel Batista 4/6/2006 Ari Col 1 0 7 11
John Thomson 6/4/1998 Col Ari 1 0 9 11
Adam Wainwright 9/26/2009 StL Col 1 0 8 11
Source: Stats, Inc.

Jon Gray holds the Rockies individual record for strikeouts both in a game and at Coors Field, striking out 16 Padres batters on Sept. 17, 2006. The Rockies have had a pitcher strike out 12 or more batters 11 times in franchise history, including twice each by Gray, Darryl Kile, and Pedro Astacio.

Rockies K Kings

Player Date Opp Ballpark W L IP SO
Jon Gray 9/17/2016 SD Coors 1 0 9 16
Darryl Kile 8/20/1998 Mon Exhibition 1 0 7 14
Shawn Chacon 6/7/2001 Hou Coors 0 1 8 13
Ubaldo Jimenez 5/3/2010 SD Petco 1 0 7 13
Pedro Astacio 9/14/1997 Atl Turner 1 0 8 12
Pedro Astacio 8/1/2000 ChC Wrigley 1 0 7 12
Jhoulys Chacin 6/27/2010 LAA Anaheim 0 1 6 12
Jorge De La Rosa 5/9/2009 Fla Coors 0 1 8 12
Jon Gray 6/5/2016 SD Petco 1 0 7 12
Darryl Kile 8/30/1998 ChC Coors 0 1 8 12
John Thomson 10/7/2001 SD Qualcomm 1 0 7 12

The Rockies single-game strikeout record is 17, originally set in a 22-inning victory at San Diego on April 17, 2008, but the Rockies also struck out 17 batters in a nine-inning home game against the Astros on June 18, 2015.

In addition to his single-game record 16 strikeouts against the Padres on Sept. 17, 2016, Gray twice started games in which the Rockies struck out 15 or more, and he did not have a complete game. He had 11 of the Rockies 16 strikeouts against the Padres at home on April 25 this season, and 10 of the 15 strikeouts the Rockies had in a losing cause against the Brewers on Sunday.

Top Strikeout Games in Rockies History

Date Opp W L SO Starter (strikeouts)
4/17/2008 at SD (22 IP) 1 0 17 Jeff Francis (7)
6/18/2015 Hou 0 1 17 David Hale (9)
8/20/1998 at Mon 1 0 16 Darryl Kile (14)
5/1/2003 Cin 0 1 16 Nelson Cruz (9)
8/23/2014 Mia (13 IP) 1 0 16 Jordan Lyles (5)
8/27/2016 Was (11 IP) 1 0 16 Jorge De La Rosa (8)
9/17/2016 SD 1 0 16 JON GRAY (16) CG
4/25/2018 SD 1 0 16 Jon Gray (10)
6/9/2000 Tex 1 0 15 Pedro Astacio (10)
5/3/2010 at SD 1 0 15 Ubaldo Jimenez (13)
10/1/2012 at Ari 1 0 15 Drew Pomeranz (7)
6/27/2017 at SF (14) 0 1 15 Jeff Hoffman (6)
4/22/2018 ChC 0 1 15 German Marquez (5)
5/13/2018 Mil 0 1 15 Jon Gray (10)