After tossing two scoreless frames in Tuesday night’s game, RHP Will Harris has extended his consecutive scoreless appearances streak to 25 games, 27.2, innings pitched, dating back to August 19, 2014, including nine appearances for Houston and 12 innings pitched.
Harris’s scoreless appearance streak leads the American League and trails only the Cincinnati Reds closer, LHP Aroldis Chapman in the National League and his Major League 26 games consecutive scoreless appearances. Chapman tossed a scoreless frame for the Reds Tuesday night against Milwaukee, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
This season Chapman is 1-0, 0.00 ERA, with five saves in five save opportunities. His streak includes 11 games this season, 10.2 innings pitched, where he has only given up five hits, walked three and struck out an amazing 19 batters that he has faced.
Harris, the 30-year-old reliever and Houston native, was dominate Tuesday night. He faced six batters and struck out three of them and got a couple ground outs to close out the 14-3 Astros win over the San Diego Padres.
On the season for Houston, Harris is 1-0, 0.00 ERA, in nine games. He has only given up two hits over 12 innings and walked four while striking out 14. Opponents are batting only .053 against the left hander and Harris’s WHIP is a remarkable 0.50, as compared to Champman’s 0.75 WHIP. Opponents are hitting .135 off of the Reds closer.
Harris has spent parts of the past three seasons in the Major Leagues with Colorado (2012) and Arizona (2013 & 2014), before playing with Houston this season. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 9th round of the 2006 Draft.
It’s amazing that the Astros were able to claim Harris off the waiver wire in November, In retrospect Harris has gotten used to being claim off of waivers, he had been claimed off two times before in his career, once by Oakland from Colorado in April of 2013 and then Arizona from Oakland in April of 2014.