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StaTuesday: Thornburg sets Brewers record with 23 straight outs

Apr 6, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg (37) pitched an inning of scoreless relief against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park. Thornburg picked up the win as the Brewers beat the Giants 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 6, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg (37) pitched an inning of scoreless relief against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park. Thornburg picked up the win as the Brewers beat the Giants 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Thornburg last allowed a base runner with no outs in the top of the ninth inning May 19 vs. the Chicago Cubs.

The 27-year-old relief pitcher has been perfect since then, retiring 23 straight batters to set a new record for Brewers relievers.

Thornburg broke the record of 22 held by Dan Plesac and Derrick Turnbow by striking out Philadelphia's Cody Asche in the eighth inning Saturday. He's appeared in eight games during the streak, striking out eight batters, earning his first-career save and lowering his ERA from 4.32 to 2.96.

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Date Opp Rslt Dec IP SO Pit Str
5/9* CHC W, 5-3 Save 1 2 20 14
5/21 NYM L, 4-5 N/A 1 1 14 8
5/24 ATL W, 2-1 Hold 1 0 15 9
5/25 ATL W, 3-2 N/A 1 1 14 7
5/27 CIN W, 9-5 N/A 1 1 14 11
5/29 CIN W, 5-4 Hold 0.2 0 5 4
6/2 PHI W, 4-1 Hold 1 2 13 10
6/4 PHI W, 6-3 Hold 1 1 9 6
Totals (8 games) 7.2 8 104 69

*Note: Does not include first two batters of May 19 appearance, as Thornburg walked the first two batters.

Plesac retired 22 straight batters over five games from Aug. 7-18, 1987, his second season in the major leagues. He struck out eight batters during the streak and earned two saves, part of an All-Star season in which he threw 79 1/3 innings and posted a 2.61 ERA.

Turnbow's streak came from July 10-31, 2005, during his first season with the Brewers. He struck out eight batters and earned four saves in the stretch and finished the year with a 1.74 ERA in 67 1/3 innings.

Thornburg's streak isn't the longest in Brewers history, however, or even the second longest. The longest belongs to starter Jaime Navarro, who retired 28 straight over two starts in July 1992. Starter Jim Slaton retired 27 straight over two starts in April 1976.

Rank Pitcher Year Streak length (Batters)
1 Jaime Navarro 1992 28
2 Jim Slaton 1976 27
3 Teddy Higuera 1988 26
4 Danny Darwin 1987 25
5 Teddy Higuera 1987 24
T-6 Tyler Thornburg 2016 23
T-6 Cal Eldred 1993 23
T-6 Ben Sheets 2004 23
T-6 Mike Fiers 2014 23
T-10 Dan Plesac 1987 22
T-10 Derrick Turnbow 2005 22

Data courtesy baseball-reference.com and Elias Sports Bureau via brewers.com.