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The Atlanta Braves, Chris Martin, and the oddity of the Immaculate Inning

Statistics can show trends of how events can be expected to occur over time. They can also surprise you – especially in short spurts. The Atlanta Braves saw one of the latter on Wednesday night as one of their new relief pitchers shut down the Phillies in a special way.

It’s called the ‘Immaculate Inning’… a feat in which a pitcher toes the rubber to start an inning, throws 9 pitches, records 9 strikes, records 3 strikeouts, and then returns to the dugout.

One inning of perfection.

Chris Martin pulled off the feat during the 7th inning on Wednesday – silencing the bats of Cesar Hernandez, Jay Bruce, and Logan Morrison in succession.