RHP Will Harris struck out the side in the 9th inning last night on 15 pitches in the Houston Astros’ 11-4, comeback victory over the Seattle Mariners.
The Astros improved to 17-7 on the season by winning their ninth straight game, their longest winning streak since 2006. The 17-7 record matches their best 24-game start in franchise history
Harris (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has now made 26 consecutive scoreless appearances (27.2 IP), dating back to August 19, 2014, including 13 innings over ten appearances for the Astros this season. Harris’ scoreless inning streak, after last night’s appearance, now ranks as the longest active streak in the Majors, as he moves ahead of Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
The 30-year-old, 6’4”, 225-pound right hander out of Louisiana State University has posted some remarkable numbers coming out of the bullpen for the Astros. In ten appearances he has pitched 13 innings, giving up just two hits and four walks while striking out an astonishing 17 batters. Opposing batters are hitting .049 against Harris and his 0.46 WHIP borders on disbelief.
The Astros claimed Harris off of waivers in November 2014, and his teammate Collin McHugh, the starter for last night’s game who picked up his tenth consecutive win for Houston, was also picked off of waivers a year earlier. Point is, watch the waiver wire, because the Astros have struck gold two years in a row.
Harris had spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with Colorado (2012) and Arizona (2013-14), before being claimed off of waivers from Arizona on November 3, 2014.