Hayden Wesneski puts his name in the history books when the Chicago Cubs dump the Pittsburgh Pirates

While it doesn’t feel like it, the spotless inning is far less common than the no-hitter, but it’s become far more common as strikeout rates have risen over the past decade and hitters have become more swing-happy.

In Major League Baseball history, there have been 317 no-hitters, but as of Thursday morning there have been just 122 clean innings. However, as of Thursday night, 123 clean innings were in the record book and Chicago Cubs starter Hayden Wesneski’s name was engraved firmly alongside the likes of Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Grove and many others.

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