Yu Darvish set a record as he pitches in his ninth Major League season.

Darvish recorded his 1,500th career strikeout in the sixth inning of the San Diego Padres' 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

In just 197 games, Darvish is by far the fastest pitcher in big league history to reach that milestone. Randy Johnson had held the mark, but he needed 206 games.

"Since I came here, I've had my ups, and I've had my downs," Darvish said."“But the reason why I'm sitting here, being able to talk about reaching 1,500 strikeouts is definitely because of all the support I've been given since I started my career here. Just from the bottom of my heart, I'm really thankful and grateful."

Darvish has a 2.50 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 90 innings this season.