Strasburg becomes fastest to 1,500 career strikeouts

              Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg reached 1,500 strikeouts in fewer innings pitched than any player in major league history during the Washington’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Strasburg got opposing pitcher Dakota Hudson looking in the fifth inning for his eighth strikeout of the game and the 1,500th of his career.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg struck out 1,500 in 1,272 1/3 innings. Boston’s Chris Sale had the previous mark, reaching 1,500 in 2017 after 1,290 innings.