Jun 15, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Phil Maton (88) is congratulated by his teammates after the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Throwing an immaculate inning is a rare feat in the world of Major League Baseball, even more than throwing a perfect game. The odds of throwing two immaculate innings in the same game seem insurmountable. Amazing, Houston Astros pitchers Phil Maton and Luis García did just that on Wednesday.

An immaculate inning, which occurs when a pitcher strikes out all three batters he faces in one inning on 9 pitches, has become slightly more common in recent decades, but it still doesn’t happen very often. It occurred 37 times in the 2010s and, before Wednesday, had only occurred seven times in the 2020s.

García and Maton not only did it twice in a game against the Texas Rangers, but they did it against the same three batters each time. Absurd!

Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran, and Brad Miller faced García in the second inning and Maton in the seventh inning. Each of them went down on three strikes both times.

Prior to this game, there had never before been two immaculate innings on the same day in MLB, let alone in the same game or by the same team.

The only other immaculate inning so far in 2022 came in April when the New York Yankees’ Nestor Cortes Jr. did it against the Baltimore Orioles.

Naturally, this amazing feat caught the attention of the MLB world, who was absolutely shocked and stunned.

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