Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen ties major league record with 6th sequential scoreless beginning
Zac Gallen tied the major league record with his 6th successive scoreless beginning on Sunday, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gallen (11-2) stretched out his scoreless streak to 41 1/3 innings. He permitted just two singles and a stroll in seven innings. He struck out seven and resigned the last 11 players he confronted.
Gallen tied Don Drysdale (1968), Orel Hershiser (1988) and Zack Greinke (2015), all with the Los Angeles Dodgers, by not permitting a spat his 6th consecutive beginning. Hershiser set the MLB standard with 59 sequential scoreless innings.
In those six games, Gallen is 5-0 with a 0.58 WHIP. He has permitted 16 hits, strolled eight and struck out 46 in his scoreless streak. He is two outs from matching the Diamondbacks’ establishment record of 42 innings, set by Brandon Webb in 2007.
Daulton Varsho hit his twentieth homerun and helped save Gallen’s scoreless streak with a running catch on Tyrone Taylor’s drive to right focus in the second. The catch accompanied two outs and a sprinter from the get go.
Gallen didn’t permit more than one baserunner in any inning and struck out the side in the fifth.
The Diamondbacks scored in the second inning against Jason Alexander (2-2) when Corbin Carroll strolled and progressed to third on Carson Kelly’s single off shortstop Willy Adames’ glove. Carroll scored on Alek Thomas’ fielder’s choice. Varsho’s grand slam, to right field, came in the third.
In the fifth, Jake McCarthy welcomed reliever Hoby Milner with a messed up bat single to right, scoring Josh Rojas with Arizona’s third run. McCarthy hit a two-run homerun in the eighth off Brent Suter, his seventh grand slam of the time.
Alexander, a 29-year-old who appeared recently, pitched 4 2/3 innings for Milwaukee. He surrendered five hits, three runs, strolled four and struck out three.
Tracker Renfroe ruined the joined shutout bid when he hit his 24th homerun off Mark Melancon in the 10th. Kyle Nelson pitched a scoreless eighth.
The Brewers, who oversaw only three hits in the game, started the day 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the last National League special case. They trail St. Louis by 8 1/2 in the Central Division race. Milwaukee is going after for its fifth sequential postseason appearance.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell was denied his 600th vocation triumph. The best manager in franchise history, Counsell is 599-542 (.524).