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Immaculate innings: 3 strikeouts on 9 pitches

May 8, 2019

Three up, three down, with all three batters struck out on three pitches each. While the "Immaculate Inning" isn't nearly as rare as it once was -- there were none from 1929-52 and eight alone in 2017 -- any pitcher who can plow through a big league lineup on nine

Three up, three down, with all three batters struck out on three pitches each.

While the "Immaculate Inning" isn't nearly as rare as it once was -- there were none from 1929-52 and eight alone in 2017 -- any pitcher who can plow through a big league lineup on nine straight strikes deserves a special place in the record book.

"I've been pitching seven or eight years, and I just [didn't] know what [an immaculate inning] is," Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said after tossing one in 2017. "But now I know, and it's awesome."

Here are the pitchers who have accomplished the impressive feat:

Chris Sale, Red Sox, May 8, 2019
Seventh inning vs. the Orioles: Hanser Alberto, Dwight Smith Jr., Stevie Wilkerson Watch >

Thomas Pannone, Blue Jays, April 14, 2019
Fifth inning vs. the Rays: Avisail Garcia, Brandon Lowe, Daniel Robertson Watch >

Josh Hader, Brewers, March 30, 2019
Ninth inning vs. the Cardinals: Tyler O'Neill, Dexter Fowler, Yairo Munoz Watch >

Zac Rosscup, Dodgers, Aug. 19, 2018
Ninth inning vs. the Mariners: Kyle Seager, Ryon Healy, Cameron Maybin Watch >

German Marquez, Rockies, Aug. 8, 2018
Fourth inning vs. the Pirates: Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco Watch >

Max Scherzer, Nationals, June 5, 2018
Sixth inning vs. the Rays: Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo, Daniel Robertson Watch >

Kevin Gausman, Orioles, April 23, 2018
Seventh inning vs. the Indians: Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Bradley Zimmer Watch >

Rick Porcello, Red Sox, Aug. 9, 2017
Fifth inning vs. the Rays: Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos and Mallex Smith Watch >

• Jose Alvarado, Rays, Aug. 4, 2017
Ninth inning vs. the Brewers: Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Hernan Perez Watch >

• Dellin Betances, Yankees, Aug. 2, 2017
Eighth inning vs. the Tigers: Jim Adduci, Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera Watch >

• Carlos Carrasco, Indians, July 7, 2017
Fifth inning vs. the Tigers: Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias Watch >

• Kenley Jansen, Dodgers, May 18, 2017
Ninth inning vs. the Marlins: Derek Dietrich, J.T. Riddle and Ichiro Suzuki Watch >

• Max Scherzer, Nationals, May 14, 2017
Fifth inning vs. the Phillies: Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr Watch >

• Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox, May 11, 2017
Ninth inning vs. the Brewers: Hernan Perez, Travis Shaw and Domingo Santana Watch >

• Drew Storen, Reds, April 18, 2017
Ninth inning vs. the Orioles: Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy and Hyun Soo Kim Watch >

• Juan Nicasio, Pirates, July 4, 2016
Eighth inning vs. the Cardinals: Stephen Piscotty, Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina Watch >

• Santiago Casilla, Giants, May 17, 2015
Ninth inning vs. the Reds: Marlon Byrd, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce Watch >

• Mike Fiers, Brewers, May 7, 2015
Fourth inning vs. the Dodgers: Enrique Hernandez, Carlos Frias and Joc Pederson Watch >

• Brandon McCarthy, Yankees, Sept. 17, 2014
Seventh inning vs. the Rays: Wil Myers, Nick Franklin and Matt Joyce Watch >

• Carlos Contreras, Reds, July 11, 2014
Seventh inning vs. the Pirates: Jordy Mercer, Jeff Locke and Gregory Polanco Watch >

• Rex Brothers, Rockies, June 14, 2014
Eighth inning vs. the Giants: Michael Morse, Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco Watch >

• Garrett Richards, Angels, June 4, 2014
Second inning vs. the Astros: Jon Singleton, Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter Watch >

• Justin Masterson, Indians, June 2, 2014
Fourth inning vs. the Red Sox: Jonny Gomes, Grady Sizemore and Stephen Drew Watch >

• Cole Hamels, Phillies, May 17, 2014
Third inning vs. the Reds: Zack Cozart, Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier Watch >

• Brad Boxberger, Rays, May 8, 2014
Sixth inning vs. the Orioles: Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop and Caleb Joseph Watch >

• Steve Delabar, Blue Jays, July 30, 2013
Eighth inning vs. the Athletics: Adam Rosales, Coco Crisp and Chris Young Watch >

• Ivan Nova, Yankees, May 29, 2013
Eighth inning vs. the Mets: Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada Watch >

• Wade Miley, D-backs, Oct. 1, 2012
Third inning vs. the Rockies: Jonathan Herrera, Drew Pomeranz and Josh Rutledge Watch >

• Clay Buchholz, Red Sox, Aug. 16, 2012
Sixth inning vs. the Orioles: Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis Watch >

• Juan Perez, Phillies, July 8, 2011
Tenth inning vs. the Braves: Jason Heyward, Nate McLouth and Wilkin Ramirez Watch >

• Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals, May 6, 2011
Second inning vs. the Marlins: Mike Stanton, Greg Dobbs and John Buck Watch >

• Rafael Soriano, Rays, Aug. 23, 2010
Ninth inning vs. the Angels: Erick Aybar, Mike Napoli and Peter Bourjos Watch >

• Ross Ohlendorf, Pirates, Sept. 5, 2009
Seventh inning vs. the Cardinals: Khalil Greene, Julio Lugo and Jason LaRue Watch >

• A.J. Burnett, Yankees, June 20, 2009
Third inning vs. the Marlins: Josh Johnson, Chris Coghlan and Emilio Bonifacio Watch >

• Felix Hernandez, Mariners, June 17, 2008
Fourth inning vs. the Marlins: Jeremy Hermida, Jorge Cantu and Mike Jacobs Watch >

• Rich Harden, Athletics, June 8, 2008
First inning vs. the Angels: Maicer Izturis, Howie Kendrick and Garret Anderson Watch >

• Buddy Carlyle, Braves, July 6, 2007
Fourth inning vs. the Padres: Khalil Greene, Russell Branyan and Jose Cruz Jr. Watch >

• Rick Helling, Brewers, June 20, 2006
First inning vs. the Tigers: Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez Watch >

• LaTroy Hawkins, Cubs, Sept. 11, 2004
Ninth inning vs. the Marlins: Jeff Conine, Juan Encarnacion and Alex Gonzalez Watch >

• Ben Sheets, Brewers, June 13, 2004
Third inning vs. the Astros: Pete Munro, Craig Biggio and Jose Vizcaino Watch >

• Brandon Backe, Astros, April 15, 2004
Eighth inning vs. the Brewers: Bill Hall, Scott Podsednik and Craig Counsell Watch >

• Brian Lawrence, Padres, June 12, 2002
Third inning vs. the Orioles: Brook Fordyce, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Melvin Mora Watch >

• Pedro Martinez, Red Sox, May 18, 2002
First inning vs. the Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki, Mark McLemore and Ruben Sierra Watch >

• Byung-Hyun Kim, D-backs, May 11, 2002
Eighth inning vs. the Phillies: Scott Rolen, Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell Watch >

• Jason Isringhausen, Cardinals, April 13, 2002
Ninth inning vs. the Astros: Daryle Ward, Jose Vizcaino and Julio Lugo Watch >

• Randy Johnson, D-backs, Aug. 23, 2001
Sixth inning vs. the Pirates: Tony McKnight, Gary Matthews Jr. and Jack Wilson Watch >

• Ugueth Urbina, Expos, April 4, 2000
Ninth inning vs the Dodgers: Dodgers' F.P. Santangelo, Devon White and Mark Grudzielanek _Watch >

• B.J. Ryan, Orioles, Sept. 5, 1999
Sixth inning vs. the Indians: Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome and Richie Sexson

• Shane Reynolds, Astros, July 15, 1999
First inning vs. the Tigers: Juan Encarnacion, Brad Ausmus and Bobby Higginson

• Jesus Sanchez, Marlins, Sept. 13, 1998
Third inning vs. the Braves: Tony Graffanino, Greg Maddux and Walt Weiss Watch >

• Randy Johnson, Astros, Sept. 2, 1998
Sixth inning vs. the Braves: Javy Lopez, Andruw Jones and Greg Colbrunn

• Orel Hershiser, Giants, June 16, 1998
Fourth inning vs. the Rockies: Ellis Burks, Vinny Castilla and Todd Helton

• Mike Mussina, Orioles, May 9, 1998
Ninth inning vs. the Devil Rays: Fred McGriff, Paul Sorrento and Rich Butler

• Jimmy Key, Orioles, April 14, 1998
Second inning vs. the White Sox: Robin Ventura, Magglio Ordonez and Ray Durham

• Doug Jones, Brewers, Sept. 23, 1997
Ninth inning vs. the Royals: Johnny Damon, Scott Cooper and Rod Myers

• Roger Clemens, Blue Jays, Sept. 18, 1997
First inning vs. the Red Sox: Nomar Garciaparra, John Valentin and Mo Vaughn

• Mike Magnante, Astros, Aug. 22, 1997
Ninth inning vs. the Rockies: Ellis Burks, Harvey Pulliam and Jeff Reed

• Todd Worrell, Dodgers, Aug. 13, 1995
Ninth inning vs. the Pirates: Mark Johnson, Angelo Encarnacion and Steve Pegues

• Stan Belinda, Royals, Aug. 6, 1994
Ninth inning vs. the Mariners: Eric Anthony, Chris Howard and Luis Sojo

• Mel Rojas, Expos, May 11, 1994
Ninth inning vs. the Mets: David Segui, Todd Hundley and Jeff McKnight

• Trevor Wilson, Giants, June 7, 1992
Ninth inning vs. the Astros: Jeff Bagwell, Eric Anthony and Rafael Ramirez

• Pete Harnisch, Astros, Sept. 6, 1991
Seventh inning vs. the Phillies: Wes Chamberlain, Dickie Thon and Jose DeJesus

• David Cone, Mets, Aug. 30, 1991
Fifth inning vs. the Reds: Herm Winningham, Randy Myers and Mariano Duncan Watch >

• Andy Ashby, Phillies, June 15, 1991
Fourth inning vs. the Reds: Hal Morris, Todd Benzinger and Jeff Reed

• Jeff Montgomery, Royals, April 29, 1990
Eighth inning vs. the Rangers: Pete Incaviglia, Geno Petralli and Thad Bosley

• Rob Dibble, Reds, June 4, 1989
Eighth inning vs. the Padres: Carmelo Martinez, Mark Parent and Garry Templeton

• Jeff Robinson, Pirates, Sept. 7, 1987
Eighth inning vs. the Cubs: Leon Durham, Andre Dawson and Rafael Palmeiro

• Danny Jackson, Royals, Oct. 24, 1985
Seventh inning vs. the Cardinals: Terry Pendleton, Tom Nieto and Brian Harper Watch >

• Ron Guidry, Yankees, Aug. 7, 1984
Ninth inning vs. the White Sox: Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek and Greg Luzinski

• Joey McLaughlin, Braves, Sept. 11, 1979
Seventh inning vs. the Giants: Larry Herndon, Greg Johnston and Johnnie LeMaster

• Lynn McGlothen, Cubs, Aug. 25, 1979
Third inning vs. the Giants: Larry Herndon, Joe Strain and Jack Clark

• Pedro Borbon, Reds, June 23, 1979
Ninth inning vs. the Giants: Mike Sadek, Gary Lavelle and Billy North

• Bruce Sutter, Cubs, Sept. 8, 1977
Ninth inning vs. the Expos: Ellis Valentine, Gary Carter and Larry Parrish

• Nolan Ryan, Angels, July 9, 1972
Second inning vs. the Red Sox: Carlton Fisk, Bob Burda and Juan Beniquez

• Milt Pappas, Cubs, Sept. 24, 1971
Fourth inning vs. the Phillies: Greg Luzinski, Don Money and Mike Anderson

• John Strohmayer, Expos, July 10, 1971
Fifth inning vs. the Phillies: Mike Ryan, Woodie Fryman and Denny Doyle

• Bill Wilson, Phillies, July 6, 1971
Eighth inning vs. the Braves: Darrell Evans, Hal King and Earl Williams

• Bob Gibson, Cardinals, May 12, 1969
Seventh inning vs. the Dodgers: Len Gabrielson, Paul Popovich and John Miller

• Nolan Ryan, Mets, April 19, 1968
Third inning vs. the Dodgers: Claude Osteen, Wes Parker and Zoilo Versalles

• Al Downing, Yankees, Aug. 11, 1967
Second inning vs. the Indians: Tony Horton, Don Demeter and Duke Sims

• Bob Bruce, Colt .45s, April 19, 1964
Eighth inning vs. the Cardinals: Bill White, Charlie James and Ken Boyer

• Sandy Koufax, Dodgers, April 18, 1964
Third inning vs. the Reds: Leo Cardenas, Johnny Edwards and Jim Maloney

• Tony Cloninger, Braves, June 15, 1963
Eighth inning vs. the Phillies: Tony Gonzalez, Clay Dalrymple and Ruben Amaro

• Sandy Koufax, Dodgers, April 19, 1963
Fifth inning vs. the Colt .45s: Bob Aspromonte, Jim Campbell and Turk Farrell

• Sandy Koufax, Dodgers, June 30, 1962
First inning vs. the Mets: Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl and Felix Mantilla

• Jim Bunning, Tigers, Aug. 2, 1959
Ninth inning vs. the Red Sox: Sammy White, Jim Mahoney and Ike Delock

• Robin Roberts, Phillies, April 17, 1956
Sixth inning vs. the Dodgers: Carl Furillo, Charlie Neal and Sandy Amoros

• Billy Hoeft, Tigers, Sept. 7, 1953
Seventh inning vs. the White Sox: Jim Rivera, Mike Fornieles and Chico Carrasquel

• Lefty Grove, Athletics, Sept. 27, 1928
Seventh inning vs. the White Sox: Moe Berg, Tommy Thomas and Johnny Mostil

• Lefty Grove, Athletics, Aug. 23, 1928
Second inning vs. the Indians: Ed Morgan, Luther Harvel and Martin Autry

• Dazzy Vance, Dodgers, Sept. 14, 1924
Second inning vs. the Cubs: Sam Bohne, Bubbles Hargrave and Eppa Rixey

• Sloppy Thurston, White Sox, Aug. 22, 1923
Twelfth inning vs. the Athletics: Beauty McGowan, Chick Galloway and Sammy Hale

• Joe Oeschger, Braves, Sept. 8, 1921
Fourth inning vs. the Phillies: Bevo LeBourveau, Cy Williams and Ed Konetchy

• Pat Ragan, Dodgers, Oct. 5, 1914
Eighth inning vs. the Braves: Possum Whitted, Butch Schmidt and Red Smith

• Rube Waddell, Athletics, July 1, 1902
Third inning vs. the Orioles: Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell and John Cronin

• John Clarkson, Beaneaters, June 4, 1889
Third inning vs. the Quakers: Jim Fogarty, Sam Thompson and Sid Farrar

Urbina is often listed as having completed an immaculate inning, but video of his outing shows that he threw a ball on a 0-2 count to the first batter he faced.

Ed Eagle is an editorial producer for MLB.com.