Kershaw, deGrom make playoff strikeout history

Pitchers Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw both went out and made history in the opening game of the National League Division Series between the Mets and the Dodgers.

The Mets secured a 3-1 victory to take an early series lead, but both pitchers had something to be proud of at the end of the game.

Both the Mets' deGrom and the Dodgers' Kershaw manaed to strike out 11 batters through the first six innings, marking only the second time in  baseball history that two pitchers in the same game struck out more than 10 batters apiece in a playoff game.

The only previous time this feat was accomplished was in game five of the 1944 World Series.

On that day, Mort Cooper of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 12 in his shutout while Denny Galehouse of the St. Louis Browns managed 10 strikeouts of his own.

Degrom would finish with the stronger overall performance, achieving 13 strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the Mets went on to secure victory.

That performance saw deGrom tie with Tom Seaver for the most strikeouts in a postseason game as a Mets pitcher.

Seaver managed the feat in 1973.

Kershaw ended with 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.