Rockies starter German Marquez got three outs on three three-pitch strikeouts in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates, achieving what is known as an “immaculate inning.” Marquez fanned Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco.
This marks the third immaculate inning of the year. Max Scherzer threw one in the sixth inning against the Rays on June 5. Kevin Gausman accomplished the feat in the seventh on April 23 against the Indians. The 2017 season saw a record eight immaculate innings, so there’s still some catching up to do to match that.
Marquez, 23, entered Wednesday’s start with a 4.70 ERA and a 129/43 K/BB ratio in 122 2/3 innings. After the immaculate inning, Marquez had allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in four innings versus the Pirates.
White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.
According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.