Astros Become 1st Team in MLB History to Throw 2 Immaculate Innings in Same Game

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 15, 2022

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 15: Luis Garcia #77 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Globe Life Field on June 15, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros became the first team to throw two immaculate innings in the same game Wednesday en route to taking down the host Texas Rangers 9-2.

MLB reporter Sarah Langs provided the scoop:

Sarah Langs @SlangsOnSports

This is the first time on record there have been two immaculate innings on a single calendar date, let alone in the same game OR by the same team

Per Baseball Reference, an immaculate inning occurs "when a pitcher strikes out all three batters he faces in one inning, using the minimum possible number of pitches—nine."

Starting pitcher Luis Garcia got the job done in the second by sitting down Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran and Brad Miller.

Houston Astros @astros

LUIS GARCIA IS IMMACULATE. <a href="https://t.co/9YwSW06uIp">pic.twitter.com/9YwSW06uIp</a>

Garcia also struck out the first batter in the third, Leody Taveras, on three pitches. He finished his day with the win after going six innings, letting in one earned run and collecting nine punchouts.

Phil Maton came on in relief and posted his own immaculate inning in the seventh against the same set of batters in Lowe, Duran and Miller.

Houston Astros @astros

SAME GAME. SAME BATTERS.<br><br>PHIL MATON IS IMMACULATE. <a href="https://t.co/xg53FGAJ02">pic.twitter.com/xg53FGAJ02</a>

Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, only 103 other immaculate innings have been thrown in modern MLB history. Houston's most recent one came from reliever Will Harris in 2019.