In the annals of Major League Baseball (MLB), one name stands tall when it comes to consecutive scoreless innings pitched - Orel Hershiser. During the 1988 season, Hershiser, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, set an MLB record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings. Throughout this streak, he successfully navigated numerous high-risk scoring situations, keeping opposing hitters from scoring a run against him. This record remains unbroken to this day, a testament to Hershiser's skill and tenacity on the mound.
Teams Making Their Mark: The Pittsburgh Pirates' Record
Teams have also had their share of scoreless innings. The Pittsburgh Pirates set a National League record in 1903 by pitching 56 consecutive scoreless innings. This achievement showcases the collective effort of the team's pitchers and defense in preventing the opposition from scoring.
The Kansas City Royals' Near-Record Streak
More recently, in 2017, the Kansas City Royals came close to setting an MLB record for consecutive scoreless innings. After a 12-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Royals had gone 43 straight innings without scoring a run. The record, shared by the 1968 Chicago Cubs and the 1906 Philadelphia Athletics, stands at 48 innings.