Zac Gallen

On Sunday, Zac Gallen helped the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 while making his sixth consecutive scoreless start, which tied a big league record.

With his 41 1/3 scoreless innings, Gallen (11-2) extended his scoreless streak to a career-high. Two singles and a walk were all he gave up in seven innings of work. He retired the final 11 hitters he faced without allowing a hit.

Gallen’s six consecutive starts without allowing a run for the Los Angeles Dodgers matched the franchise record held by Don Drysdale (1968), Orel Hershiser (1988), and Zack Greinke (2015). The 59 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Hershiser is a Major League Baseball record.

After six games, Gallen has a perfect 5-0 record and a 0.58 WHIP. The 16 hits, 8 walks, and 46 strikeouts he’s posted during his scoreless run are all career highs. The Diamondbacks franchise record for innings pitched is 42, set by Brandon Webb in 2007. With two more outs, he will tie that mark.

Gallen kept his perfect game alive in the second inning thanks to a running catch by Daulton Varsho on a drive by Tyrone Taylor to right center, which was the 20th home run of his career. A runner was on first base when the catch was made.

In the fifth inning, Gallen struck out the side and limited the damage to a single baserunner. In the second inning, the Diamondbacks scored a run off of Jason Alexander (2-2) when Corbin Carroll reached on an infield single by Carson Kelly off of shortstop Willy Adames’ glove. On a sacrifice fly by Alek Thomas, Carroll scored a run. Varsho hit a home run in the third inning, and it was a right-field blast.

Arizona scored three runs in the fifth inning thanks to a hit to right field by Jake McCarthy, who met reliever Hoby Milner with a broken bat, allowing Josh Rojas to score. In the eighth inning, McCarthy blasted his seventh home run of the season against Brent Suter, scoring two runs.

A 29-year-old rookie, Alexander pitched 4 2/3 innings for Milwaukee earlier this season. Five hits, three runs, four walks, and three strikeouts were his final line.

The joint shutout bid was ruined in the ninth inning when Hunter Renfroe homered for the 24th time against Mark Melancon. In the eighth inning, Kyle Nelson shut out the team.

With just three hits, the Brewers fell further than ever in the National League wild-card race, starting the day 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia. They are now 8 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the Central Division standings. Milwaukee hopes to make the playoffs for the fifth year running.

Craig Counsell, manager of the Brewers, failed to get his 600th career victory. Counsell’s 599-542 record makes him the winningest manager in team history (.524).

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Career

Zac Gallen

Gallen debuted professionally with the Gulf Coast Cardinals, where he went 1-0 with an ERA of 1.86 and struck out 15 batters in 9.2 innings of work. In 2017, he began the year with the Palm Beach Cardinals before being promoted to Springfield and then Memphis.  Between his three organizations in 2017, he made 26 starts and concluded the year with a combined 10-8 record, 2.93 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP.

Gallen was part of the package that included Sandy Alc√°ntara, Magneuris Sierra, and Daniel Castano that the Cardinals sent to the Miami Marlins on December 14, 2017, in exchange for Marcell Ozuna.

He was invited to spring training as a non-roster player in 2018. He made 25 appearances for the New Orleans Baby Cakes, posting a record of 8-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. The new year saw him back in New Orleans.

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He got called up to the major leagues for the first time on June 20, 2019, after his contract was chosen. That night he made his major league debut as a starter against the St. Louis Cardinals and went five innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and six strikeouts.

The Marlins sent Gallen to the Diamondbacks of Arizona on July 31, 2019, in exchange for shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. Gallen went 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings over 8 starts for Arizona. A continuation of his stellar performance from the previous year, Gallen struck out 82 batters in 72 innings in 2020.

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