Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Johan Oviedo accomplished a historic feat Wednesday by pitching an “immaculate inning” in the top of the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers.
An immaculate inning is when a pitcher strikes out all three batters in an inning with no more than nine pitches total. Oviedo is the 112th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish this feat.
The last pitcher to do so happened this season when fellow Pirate Colin Holderman, a reliever, did it May 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Pittsburgh eventually lost Wednesday, 3-2, as Oviedo (3-4) went 5.2 innings, giving up three earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five. The Pirates also lost in Holderman's immaculate inning game by the same 3-2 score.
There were seven immaculate innings thrown in 2022.