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Kranitz doesn't want Crew distracted by K's

CHICAGO -- Word is finally spreading through the Brewers' pitching ranks that they have a chance to break baseball's all-time single-season strikeout record, and pitching coach Rick Kranitz said he hopes the bid does not become a distraction.

"I don't want to see guys try to get strikeouts," Kranitz said. "They are a product of strike one and strike two. ... But when the situation dictates it, we've got guys who know how to strike guys out."

He added: "I'm just as happy with a shutout with no strikeouts and no walks. I don't want to get caught up in all that [strikeout talk]. That's why you have a defense out there."

After striking out 11 Cubs in a 4-1 win on Tuesday, the Brewers have a big league-best 1,115 strikeouts in 2012 and were on a pace for 1,411 strikeouts this season. The record belongs to the 2003 Cubs, who, with a starting staff anchored by power arms Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, struck out 1,404.

The Brewers had trailed the 2003 Cubs' pace until a run of eight consecutive double-digit strikeout games that began Aug. 20, the longest such streak in the Majors since 1900, according to Elias.

CHICAGO -- Word is finally spreading through the Brewers' pitching ranks that they have a chance to break baseball's all-time single-season strikeout record, and pitching coach Rick Kranitz said he hopes the bid does not become a distraction.

"I don't want to see guys try to get strikeouts," Kranitz said. "They are a product of strike one and strike two. ... But when the situation dictates it, we've got guys who know how to strike guys out."

He added: "I'm just as happy with a shutout with no strikeouts and no walks. I don't want to get caught up in all that [strikeout talk]. That's why you have a defense out there."

After striking out 11 Cubs in a 4-1 win on Tuesday, the Brewers have a big league-best 1,115 strikeouts in 2012 and were on a pace for 1,411 strikeouts this season. The record belongs to the 2003 Cubs, who, with a starting staff anchored by power arms Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, struck out 1,404.

The Brewers had trailed the 2003 Cubs' pace until a run of eight consecutive double-digit strikeout games that began Aug. 20, the longest such streak in the Majors since 1900, according to Elias.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.