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Thomas Pannone throws immaculate inning vs. Rays

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Blue Jays lefty Thomas Pannone threw an immaculate inning in the fifth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays. An “immaculate inning” is when a pitcher records three outs, all by strikeout, on nine total pitches. Pannone fanned Avisaíl García, Brandon Lowe, and Daniel Robertson. He ended up tossing three perfect innings with four total strikeouts.

Pannone’s is the second immaculate inning of the season. The Brewers’ Josh Hader accomplished the feat on March 30 against the Cardinals. There were four immaculate innings last year, achieved by Kevin Gausman, Max Scherzer, German Márquez, and Zac Rosscup.

After Sunday’s performance, Pannone is now sporting a 3.75 ERA with 16 strikeouts and three walks across 12 innings on the season.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.