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Pirates' Johan Oviedo throws immaculate inning against Rangers

Oviedo is the first Cuban-born pitcher to throw an immaculate inning

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Johan Oviedo accomplished a historic feat Wednesday by pitching an “immaculate inning” in the top of the fourth 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 the feat.

The last pitcher to do this was fellow Pirate Colin Holderman, a reliever, on May 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pittsburgh lost 3-2 Wednesday after Oviedo (3-4) went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five. The Pirates also lost 3-2 in Holderman's immaculate inning game.

There were seven immaculate innings thrown in 2022.