The situation Zac Rosscup entered Sunday’s match against the Seattle Mariners involved no pressure whatsoever as the Dodgers held a 12-1 lead over the Mariners. Rosscup still managed to contribute in a big way by striking out the side on 9 pitches or in other words, pitching an immaculate inning.
Rosscup fanned Kyle Seager, Ryon Healy, and Cameron Maybin in the process of achieving the rare feat. An immaculate inning is when a pitcher strikes out three consecutive batters on 9 consecutive pitches in an inning.
Zac Rosscup became just the 4th pitcher of 2018 to pitch an Immaculate Inning, following superstar starting pitcher Max Scherzer in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 5, Baltimore Orioles starter Kevin Gausman in the seventh inning 23 against the Cleveland Indians, and Colorado Rockies pitcher German Marquez on August 8th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 2017 was a record-setting year for the feat with 8 Immaculate Innings being thrown in the year that mainly consisted of strikeouts and home runs.
Rosscup’s performance was just the 93rd immaculate inning in Major League Baseball history and the first for the Los Angeles Dodgers since Kenley Jansen did so in 2017.
Zac Rosscup has had a rough 2018 season so far, posting a 7.94 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings, so hopefully, for Rosscup, this rare feat is a step in the right direction.