AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner became the ninth-fastest (by innings pitched) left-hander in the history of Major League Baseball to reach 1,500 strikeouts on Wednesday, catching Colorado Rockies infielder D.J. LeMahieu looking at a two-seam fastball on the inside corner to lead off the first.
Bumgarner — who reached the plateau in 1,533 1/3 innings — reached the milestone slower than rival Clayton Kershaw (third on the list). Chris Sale, who needed 1,290 innings to reach the mark, is the fastest lefty to get there since 1920.
Bumgarner got his 1,500th strikeout in his 239th career game, which would make him the fourth-fastest lefty to get to the mark, if measured by games played.
Of his 1,500 strikeouts, 1,134 have come against righties, and 366 have come against lefties. After he goes 0-2 on a batter, he’s recorded 689 strikeouts, and in those counts, batters are hitting just .156 against him.
He’s struck out more San Diego Padres (204) than any other team, followed closely by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who he’s fanned 188 times in his career. He also has 153 Ks against the Rockies 103 against the Cubs.
Bumgarner has recorded 763 of his first 1,500 strikeouts at AT&T Park, and 115 at Dodger Stadium.
Bumgarner missed the first two months of the season due to a broken pinky finger, suffered when he took a line drive off of it during what was to be his final spring training start. Since returning, he’s 1-2 with a 3.20 ERA.