- Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia got the call against the lowly Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
- Garcia needed just nine pitches to strike out the side in the bottom of the second inning, giving him a rare immaculate inning.
- Baseball fans were quick to praise Garcia for the feat.
The Houston Astros have been the dominant Major League Baseball team in Texas for a while now. Houston reached three of the last five World Series’, winning it all in 2017. The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, sit three games under .500 and haven’t made the playoffs since 2016.
‘Stros starter Luis Garcia personified that dominance on Wednesday.
Astros Starter Luis Garcia Throws Immaculate Inning
Garcia needed only nine pitches in the bottom of the second inning to strike out Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran and Brad Miller. In doing so, he recorded just the 107th immaculate inning in Major League Baseball history.
🚨 Immaculate inning! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/7UyBbR0zAr
— MLB (@MLB) June 15, 2022
Garcia’s inning is incredible for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s only the eighth immaculate inning this decade. Secondly, he hasn’t had a particularly outstanding season. Garcia entered the game with a 3-5 record, a 3.60 ERA, and just 60 strikeouts in 11 previous starts.
He now joins Yankees starter Nestor Cortes as the only players with immaculate innings this season. Astros fans and fans across baseball Twitter were pretty fired up about the accomplishment.
I MISSED A LUIS GARCIA IMMACULATE INNING?!?!? https://t.co/nzpi3Ppnk2
— Kristen (@missmissmacie) June 15, 2022
Hell yeah! https://t.co/DR0IkAAaCt
— Mike (@MikeyEspinosa95) June 15, 2022
HEART. EYES. https://t.co/xGlpvCphiH
— sara (@Saraanderson47) June 15, 2022
— Nory 🇵🇷 (@sporty_nory) June 15, 2022
Texas Rangers fans, on the other hand, are not having a good time.
Dios mío @Rangers! This is why we can't afford to choke away games like last night… Series over 😑
— G 🅰️ R E T H (@ProfessorGareth) June 15, 2022
@Rangers fans right now. pic.twitter.com/znW3EqBZdy
— Not A Real Dr (@DrPepper_MD) June 15, 2022
To make things even crazier, the same three batters were victim of an immaculate inning later in the game. Garcia had come out at that point, however.
two immaculate innings in the same game, with the same three batters!!!
time is a flat circle 🤯 pic.twitter.com/icwVhzkgrC
— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 15, 2022
Look on the bright side Rangers fans. On this day 10 years ago the Astros were still in the National League and had the worst record in baseball. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!