Miami Marlins’ Pablo Lopez beats the primary 9 Atlanta Braves golf equipment and units a modern-day report
MIAMI – Miami Marlins right-handed Pablo Lopez became the second pitcher in major league history – and the first in modern times – to strike the top nine clubs in a game on Sunday.
He set the modern (since 1900) record in Miami’s game against the Atlanta Braves and became the second pitcher in MLB history to hit the first nine clubs in a game, along with Mickey Welch, who achieved the feat in 1884.
Lopez beat Ehire Adrianza, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies in the first inning each. And then he beat Austin Riley, Orlando Arcia, and Dansby Swanson in the second inning each. Guillermo Heredia struck out to finish the third, Kevan Smith struck out with a swing and Ian Anderson tried to finish the third.
The Marlins’ Pablo Lopez hit the first nine strokes of the game on Sunday to set a modern major league record. AP Photo / Lynne Sladky
His appearance took place on the one year anniversary of his father’s death.
“Today there were a lot of emotions and mixed feelings. My father has meant so much to me in my development,” said Lopez. “To be able to perform and achieve (that feat) was really cool and really special.”
Lopez threw 30 of his first 35 pitches for strikes. The Venezuelan started the day with 102 strikeouts over 95 innings in 18 starts this season.
“I wanted to run and not think outside the box for these guys,” he said. “I just wanted to get ahead with counting and use my purpose pitches to build other pitches.”
The second time in the strike order was not so friendly for the 25-year-old Lopez.
After getting Adrianza to start the fourth inning first with a grounder, Lopez allowed three hits in the next four at-bats. Freeman ended Lopez’s sensational start with a double in the gap in right midfield, and Albies and Arcia added RBI singles.
Lopez is the eleventh pitcher in MLB history to beat nine straight rackets in a single game and the third this season. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies, also playing in the National League East, each hit nine hits in a row earlier this season. Nolas Streak hit 10 consecutive thugs in a game against the Mets, breaking Tom Seaver’s major league record for consecutive strikeouts in one game.
Lopez pitched six innings, allowed five hits and three runs, went three and knocked out the nine Batters to take the win, and improved to 5-5 for the season while the Marlins held on to take the Braves at 7 To beat -4.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.