Orioles starter Kevin Gausman threw an immaculate inning — all three outs coming on three-pitch strikeouts — in the top of the seventh inning against the Indians on Monday night at Camden Yards. Gausman fanned Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes, and Bradley Zimmer to get back to the dugout in short order.
There have been 90 known immaculate innings thrown by 85 different pitchers. Gausman is the first to do it since Rick Porcello on August 9 last year against the Rays. He’s the first Oriole to accomplish the feat since B.J. Ryan on September 5, 1999 against the Indians.
Despite Gausman’s efforts, the Orioles still dropped Monday’s game 2-1 to the Indians. Gausman went eight innings, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. He now carries a 4.66 ERA with a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings on the season.
It was understandable if you forgot about it given that it happened hours and hours before the end of the game, but Gio Gonzalez left in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS after coming down funny on his ankle while fielding a ball in play.
While Gonzalez attempted to stay in the game after that it was clear that he was not right, so the Brewers went to the bullpen. After the game, it was clear why he wasn’t right: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gonzalez had a high ankle sprain and that it was likely he would be replaced on the roster with another pitcher.
This may actually benefit Milwaukee in the very short term given that Milwaukee used six relievers last night, so there will be a fresh arm on staff for Game 5 tonight. It does mean, however, that Gonzalez’ season is over, as a player replaced due to injury in one playoff series is required to sit out the next one. If the Brewers make it to the World Series, Gonzalez will not be available no matter how he is health, wise.
Counsell did not say which pitcher will replace Gonzalez on the roster. We’ll find out for sure later today. Among the possibilities are Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jordan Lyles and Matt Albers.