An “immaculate inning” is when a pitcher gets all three outs in an inning via strikeout on nine pitches. Reds reliever Drew Storen accomplished the feat to close out last night’s win over the Orioles.
Immaculate innings aren’t super common but they’re not terribly rare either. Storen’s was the first since last July when Juan Nicasio of the Pirates did it. At least two pitchers did it in 2015. Six did it in 2014. It’s been documented 76 times in all, but pitch-by-pitch stats have not been around for all of baseball history, which means it has certainly happened more often than that.
But it’s still cool. At least the to pitcher who does it, his team and their fans. Not so cool to Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy and Hyun Soo Kim of the O’s, who fell victim to Storen’s nine strikes. Watch:
Mets minor league outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was recently promoted from Single-A Columbia to advanced Single-A St. Lucie. Critics suggested that, because Tebow wasn’t exactly lighting up competition with Columbia, the promotion was just about marketing.
Tebow, to his credit, has gotten off to a good start with St. Lucie. In his first at-bat with his new team, he hit a two-run home run, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The home run came on a 3-1 count against starter Junior Fernandez of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fernandez is the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
With Columbia, Tebow was hitting a paltry .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances.
The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis and infielder Alex Mejia’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.
Diaz, 26, impressed last season when he posted an .879 OPS and finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. This year has been rough on Diaz, as he’s batting .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 288 plate appearances. He’s the second major Cardinals player to get sent down to the minors along with Randal Grichuk.
Diaz was surprised by the demotion. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:
Mejia, 26, opened the season with Double-A Springfield but was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. With Springfield, he hit .251/.305/.366 in 251 PA. In 42 PA with Memphis, he hit .263/.333/.289.