Just two days after Dellin Betances pitched the 6th immaculate inning of the 2017 season, another immaculate inning was thrown by the Tampa Bay Rays’ rookie reliever Jose Alvarado in a game between the Rays and the Brewers.
Alvarado faced the heart of the Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup and faced Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar, and Hernan Perez in the top of the ninth. Shaw struck out swinging on 3 pitches to start the inning, then Jesus Alvarado did the same, the first immaculate inning of Alvarado’s career ended three pitches later after Hernan Perez struck out looking.
Jose Alvarado became just the third Rays pitcher in franchise history to throw an immaculate inning the other two were Brad Boxberger on May 8th, 2014, and Rafael Soriano on August 23rd, 2010.
Alvarado’s was just the fourth immaculate inning thrown by a rookie joining Sloppy Thurston on August 22, 1923, Nolan Ryan April 19th, 1968 and Wade Miley on October 1st, 2012.
He is now the seventh pitcher to throw an immaculate inning during the 2017 season joining Betances, Carlos Carrasco, Kenley Jansen, Max Scherzer, Craig Kimbrel, and Drew Storen. Alvarado is now the 88th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat. With this immaculate inning, the MLB has now tied the all-time record for most immaculate innings in a season and with around 50 games left in the season it is very likely we will see the record breaking 8th.
Jose Alvarado has been struggling lately allowing five runs over the course of his last three starts as a reliever and his immaculate inning was a huge bounce back as it dropped his ERA down one-third of a run from 5.89 to 5.59.
Unfortunately for Alvarado, the Rays could not say the same as they stranded Daniel Robertson on the bases in the bottom of the ninth and the Brewers preserved the shutout to give the Rays their first loss of the month.
Will there be another immaculate inning in 2017? Will the Rays make it to the Wild Card Game in 2017? Only time will tell.