Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer threw the second immaculate inning of his career in the 6th inning of Tuesday Night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
For those that are unaware, an immaculate inning is when a pitcher strikes out 3 consecutive batters in an inning on 9 pitches in total. Such occurrences are even rarer than no-hitters despite the fact that in 2017 we saw a record-setting 8 of them. Since John Clarkson pitches the first recorded immaculate inning in 1889, there have been 91 total immaculate innings in MLB history.
Scherzer’s immaculate inning came after the 3-time CY Young Award winner struck out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo, and Daniel Robertson all on 3 pitches.
The immaculate inning was the second of Scherzer’s illustrious career and it came during Mad Max’s 10th win of the 2018 regular season in which he was absolutely dominating. Scherzer ended his night after 99 pitches (81 strikes) with 13 strikeouts, 2 runs allowed, and no walks after 8 masterful innings. Max’s season ERA is now a staggering 1.95 to go with his 10-1 win-loss record. Barring an injury, Scherzer is a lock for his 4th career National League Cy Young Award.
The last player to pitch an immaculate inning was Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles who did so on April 23rd (there have been 2 immaculate innings thus far in 2018).
Scherzer joined an exclusive company in Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, and Randy Johnson as the only players to ever pitch multiple immaculate innings.
I guess you could say that Max Scherzer had quite the night on Tuesday.