On Friday, I reported that Red Sox closer, Craig Kimbrel, had thrown the 83rd immaculate inning in Major League history. Well, now I am back to report that Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer has become the 84th to accomplish the rare feat.
An immaculate inning occurs when a pitcher throws 9 pitches, 9 strikes, and gets three outs in an inning.
In the fourth inning, Scherzer took a 100 MPH line drive off his left leg and once he had gotten up, it took him about four minutes for him to be game-ready again.
But Scherzer won in the end, pitching an immaculate inning to follow up the fourth.
Scherzer can be seen striking out Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr on a total of nine pitches. He joins Jordan Zimmermann (May 6, 2011) as the only pitchers in Nationals history, since their inaugural season in 2005, to accomplish the rare feat.
The fact of the matter is, there are less immaculate innings in MLB history than no-hitters (252) and cycles (307). This was the third immaculate inning this season, Drew Storen was the first in April, then Craig Kimbrel, and now Max Scherzer. The record for the most immaculate innings in a season is seven so we are almost halfway there in 2017.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is haveing another great season (as usual) and is currently 4-2 with a 2.80 ERA over the course of 54 2/3 innings. The Nationals also ended up winning the game against the Phillies to preserve the best record in the National League.