Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer came so close to throwing a perfect game 6 days ago versus the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He stuck out 16 Brewers hitters for a one hitter in that game. The perfect game was broken up on a bloop single by Carlos Gomez in the 7th inning. Nothing can compare to how close Scherzer was this time, as he was one strike away from the no hitter. Then… this happened.
Home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski ruled that the Pirates’ Jose Tabata didn’t lean into the pitch even though the replay showed Tabata’s elbow dropping right into the pitch. None the less, Scherzer still through a no-hitter, 2nd one in baseball this season, and the first of his Major League Career.
Scherzer has been in total dominance the last two starts. Retiring 54 of the last 57 batters he has faced. 26 of them have been strikeouts. He’s just taking in the moment.
Scherzer joins Giants rookie pitcher Chris Heston as the other pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter. Scherzer is now 8-5 on the year with a 1.76 earned run average and 123 strikeouts.
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