George Kirby Begins By Striking 24 Times In A Row

George Kirby started Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals by tossing 24 straight strikes

Before pitching to Joey Meneses in the third, Kirby allowed five hits and one run

Since 1988, Kirby is the first pitcher to start an appearance by pitching 24 straight strikes

He surpassed Joe Musgrove's 2018 pitching performance for Pittsburgh versus St. Louis, who threw 21 consecutive strikes

Also Brett Cecil for St. Louis against Milwaukee in 2017 

Kirby gave up eight hits without issuing a walk in seven innings while striking out nine

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