Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac accomplished one of baseball’s rarest feats Friday as he tossed an “immaculate inning” against the Detroit Tigers.
Zach Plesac‘s up and down 2020 campaign saw its’ all-time high moment Friday. The Cleveland Indians right-hander tossed an “immaculate inning” in the bottom of the second inning of Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers as he struck out Jorge Bonifacio, Niko Goodrum and Austin Romine on three pitches each.
Plesac’s immaculate inning is just the third in Indians’ team history as Carlos Carrasco struck out three straight Tigers on nine pitches on July 7, 2017 and Justin Masterson tossed one for the Tribe against the Boston Red Sox on June 2, 2014.
The immaculate inning was the first by any pitcher across the majors in 2020 but an abnormally high eight were thrown in 2019. Those came from Josh Hader (Brewers), Thomas Pannone (Blue Jays), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Kevin Gausman (Reds), Chris Martin (Braves), Will Harris (Astros) and two from Chris Sale (Red Sox).
Four immaculate innings have been thrown against the Indians in their team history with the most recent coming in 2018 from Gausman who was a member at the Baltimore Orioles at the time.
2020 has been a wild year for Plesac as in August, he was opted to the Indians alternate site for breaking team curfew and spending time with friends amid COVID-19 strict protocols.
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He was brought back to the majors after Mike Clevinger who was also opted for attending the event, was traded to the San Diego Padres on August 31.