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Friday, August 27, 2021

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale joins Sandy Koufax as only pitchers on record with 3 immaculate innings

Red Sox ace Chris Sale joined Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers on record with three immaculate innings when he struck out the side on nine pitches in the third inning of Thursday night’s 12-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Sale was making his third start for Boston since returning from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2020 season.

He struck out Nick Gordon, Andrelton Simmons and Rob Refsnyder on three pitches each. Refsnyder was fooled badly by a slider in the dirt on the final pitch of the inning.

“Today was probably the best my mechanics have been start-to-finish. I really felt like I was staying on top of the baseball. I really kind of found it out in the bullpen before the game,’’ said Sale, who improved to 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA after the win.

Sale’s other immaculate innings came less than a month apart in 2019 when he did it against Baltimore on May 8 and Kansas City on June 5. He’s the first pitcher to throw an immaculate inning at Fenway Park since Pedro Martínez on May 18, 2002, vs. the Mariners.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2021 at 08:40 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, immaculate inning

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Immaculate outing from Finnegan vs. Braves

Reliever Kyle Finnegan threw the fifth immaculate inning in Nationals team history on Wednesday against the Braves. By definition, that is recording three strikeouts on nine pitches.

The right-hander retired Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson and William Contreras in the sixth inning of Washington’s 5-3 loss to Atlanta.

Finnegan joined Stephen Strasburg (June 3, 2019 vs. Marlins), Max Scherzer (June 5, 2018 vs. Rays and May 14, 2017 vs. Phillies) and Jordan Zimmermann (May 6, 2011 vs. Marlins) as the only Nationals pitchers to accomplish the feat. The last Major League player to do so was Zach Plesac with the Indians on Sept. 18, 2020, vs. the Tigers.

Here’s how Finnegan got it done:
Vs. Riley: 94.7 mph sinker, called strike; 96.2 mph sinker, foul tip; 89.2 mph slider, swinging strike
Vs. Swanson: 96.1 mph sinker, called strike; 88.4 mph splitter, foul; 92.6 mph sinker, swinging strike
Vs. Contreras: 95.9 mph sinker, called strike; 95.1 mph sinker, foul tip; 95.0 mph sinker, called strike

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2021 at 12:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: immaculate inning, kyle finnegan, nationals

 

 

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