[5/29/2016] Randy Messenger reaches 1,000 strikeout milestone

Randy Messenger notched the 1,000th strikeout of his career during his start against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome earlier today. Yoshiyuki Kamei (eighth inning) was number 1,000.

Messenger is the 145th pitcher in NPB history to record 1,000 strikeouts. He joins Victor Starffin (1,960), Genji Kaku (1,415), and Tai-Yuan Kuo (1,069) as the only foreign pitchers in NPB history to reach the milestone.

FWIW: Messenger recorded his first career strikeout against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium on April 8, 2010. Yoshinobu Takahashi was strikeout number one.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2016

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