Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws

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Max Scherzer Join Short List Of Hall Of Fame Pitchers With 2 Immaculate Innings

An immaculate inning is when a pitcher throws just nine pitches and strikes out the side in a single inning.

June 06, 2018 - 8:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP/KMOX) — Max Scherzer kept throwing strikes and the Tampa Bay Rays kept making outs. It was as simple as that – especially in the sixth inning of last night's 4-2 victory for the Washington Nationals over the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Scherzer struck out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo and Daniel Robertson on a combined nine pitches in the sixth inning – to complete an immaculate inning. It was the first in the majors since Scherzer did it against Philadelphia on May 14, 2017.

He is now one of just five pitchers in MLB history to throw multiple immaculate innings. The others are all Hall of Famers: Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.

Here's all nine of Scherzer's pitches:

The St. Louis Cardinals have two immaculate innings, according to Baseball-Almanac.com – The first was Bob Gibson in 1969 and the second was Jason Isringhausen in 2002.