Astros' Cole records 2nd-fastest 200-K season since 1900
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With one out and a 1-2 count in the top of the fourth inning, Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole struck out Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Olson with a 98-mph fastball up in the zone.

Not only was the punchout Cole's 200th on the season, but the right-hander achieved a number of other distinctions in the process.

Needing only 133 1/3 innings to reach the milestone, Cole officially became the second-fastest pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in a single season since 1900, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The only man to do it faster? Randy Johnson, who eclipsed the mark in 130 2/3 innings as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.

Cole also became the first Astros arm to produce back-to-back 200-strikeout seasons since Darryl Kile, according to MLB Stats. The late righty punched out 424 total batters between 1996-97.

Heading into Monday's tilt against the A's, Cole boasted a 3.12 ERA and a 10-5 record in 21 starts. His record stands to improve with his latest outing; Cole's teammates had already staked him to an 11-0 lead at the time of his 200th punchout.

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