Three outs, nine strikes, and not one pitch touched by a bat — that’s an immaculate inning, and Dellin Betances threw one on Wednesday night to put his name in the record books.
It’s the sixth ever immaculate inning for a Yankee, with Betances joining Brandon McCarthy, Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett, Ron Guidry, and Al Downing in the history books. Interestingly enough, it was also the sixth immaculate inning to be thrown in the league this season. The last belonged to Carlos Carrasco in early July.
Betances’ impressive inning (which happened in the top of the eighth) came after a multiple-hour rain delay at Yankee Stadium and in a game that New York would eventually lose.
It’s still history, though, even if there weren’t thousands of people at the field when it happened.
Just as important: The rest of the team was amazing. This was a roster that had Ken Griffey, Jr. in his prime, Edgar Martinez demolishing the league, a 21-year-old Alex Rodriguez, and Randy Johnson at his best. Those are four Hall of Fame-worthy players in their prime, all doing things together, and that’s before you get to the complementary players like Jay Buhner, Jamie Moyer, and Jeff Fassero. This was a team with one of the best middles of any order you’ll ever see, and they had three postseason-caliber starting pitchers.
And the people watching this team had to sit through blown save after blown save.
Norm Charlton was absolutely dreadful, with a 7.85 ERA just before the trade deadline, and the worst part was that he still hadn’t lost his job as the closer yet. He had allowed Cheap MLB Jerseys From China runs in seven of the 11 games he pitched in July, with multiple runs allowed in four of them. Behind him was Scott Sanders (bad), Bob Wells (bad), Bobby Ayala (pretty OK, considering!), Greg McCarthy (bad), and Cheap NBA Jerseys Felipe Lira (bad). The Mariners were 60-47 at the deadline and in first place, but they had the worst bullpen in baseball.