Messenger recorded his twentieth double-digit strikeout game on April 21, 2017. He became the first foreign pitcher to accomplish the feat and the fifth player in Hanshin franchise history (behind Yutaka Enatsu’s 69, Minoru Murayama’s 32, Masaaki Koyama’s 27, and Kei Igawa’s 24).
Double-digit strikeout totals, beginning with his first year in 2010:
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2017
Messenger notched his tenth shutout during a game against the Yakult Swallows on August 4 and became the fifth foreign pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten shutouts during their NPB career. The other four: Tai-Yuan Kuo with twenty-four, Gene Bacque with twenty-two, Joe Stanka with eighteen, and Genji Kaku with seventeen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2017