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German Marquez throws immaculate inning against Pirates

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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.

Report: Joe Girardi waiting for opening with Cubs

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the Cubs.

Current Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one more year left on his contract. While the Cubs have played quite well under his tenure, the front office and Maddon haven’t had any discussions about an extension, which means 2019 might be his final year with the club. Under Maddon’s leadership since 2015, the Cubs won the championship in 2016 and compiled a 387-261 (.597) record during the regular season.

Girardi, 54, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Cubs and another three towards the end of his career. He managed the Marlins for one year in 2006, then managed the Yankees from 2008-17, leading them to a World Series in ’09 and an overall regular season record of 910-710 (.562).