On June 21 last year, Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil surrendered four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Orioles, bumping his ERA up to a ghastly 5.96. That would be the last time the lefty would allow an earned run that season.
Between June 24 and October 3, Cecil appeared in 37 games and yielded only two runs, both unearned. Over 31 2/3 innings in that span of time, opposing hitters racked up a mere 17 hits and four walks while striking out 44 times. Cecil’s streak continued into 2016, as he worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on Monday against the Rays. 38 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run tied him with Craig Kimbrel for the all-time record, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith pointed out on Twitter. Earned runs became an official stat in 1912.
Cecil’s streak ended on Tuesday. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run home run off of Cecil in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. Cue “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan.