Only one pitcher in Yankees history has had more strikeouts in a single game. Ron Guidry struck out 18 with four walks in a complete game four-hitter against the California Angels in 1978. David Cone and David Wells are the only other Yankees pitchers with at least 16 strikeouts in a season.
Pineda fanned Ryan Flaherty with a slider to end the seventh inning for his final strikeout of the game.
His performance inspired YES Network announcer Michael Kay to try and connect with the youth.
Pineda's previous career-high for strikeouts was 10, a feat he accomplished on Sept. 28 last season and July 30 as a rookie in 2011. He notched his 11th strikeout of the day in the fifth inning Sunday when he caught Flaherty looking at a fastball on the outside corner.
Pineda now has 54 strikeouts and three walks in 46 1/3 innings, the second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors.
- Dan Gartland