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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.