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Max Scherzer throws an immaculate inning against Rays

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out the side on nine pitches — known as an “immaculate inning” — in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s start against the Rays. He fanned Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo, and Daniel Robertson.

Scherzer’s immaculate inning is the second of the 2018 season, as the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman also accomplished the feat in the seventh inning of his start against the Indians on April 23.

From the first known immaculate inning by John Clarkson in 1889 through 1999, there were 33 immaculate innings. There were 12 from 2000-13. There were seven alone in 2014, followed by two in 2015, one in 2016, and eight last year along with the two so far this season.

One of the eight immaculate innings thrown last year came from Scherzer against the Phillies as he struck out César Hernández, Odúbel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr on nine pitches. The only other pitchers to have thrown multiple immaculate innings are Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, and Randy Johnson.

Scherzer ended up pitching eight innings against the Rays, yielding two runs on five hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts, tossing 99 pitches (81 for strikes) in total. He’s now carrying a 1.95 ERA on the season.

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Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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