Scherzer Becomes 4th Pitcher to Strike out 20 Batters in a Game

It was the second of two blemishes on the day for Scherzer - Jose Iglesias hit his first home run of the season in the third inning.

"That's incredible stuff, ' Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said".

"It crossed my mind", Scherzer said.

Zimmermann stumbled out of the gate, allowing a run on three hits in the first inning, but settled from there, allowing just a walk and a hit until the sixth inning, when Daniel Murphy broke a 1-1 tie with a RBI single.

Scherzer, of course, pitched for Detroit from 2011 to 2014 winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2013 before signing a 7-year contract with the Nats prior to the 2015 season. McCann, however, grounded an 0-1 pitch to third baseman Anthony Rendon, who threw to second for the forceout. He struck out Cabrera all three times swinging at high-velocity fastballs, on 10 total pitches. Plus, Scherzer was coming off a four-homer game and he'd been struggling with his fastball command. Imagine how many pitches he must have thrown in those games.

Nationals: Washington will take an off day before beginning a four-game, three-day set against the Miami Marlins.

Hawk Harrelson said it appears Frazier's teeth went through his lip. Sure, each of the Washington Nationals pitchers have had their off days to begin the 2016 season, but what Scherzer did on Wednesday night to the Tigers was a ideal display of just how dominant he can be.

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Scherzer led heading to the seventh, where he hit trouble for the first time. Victor Martinez followed with a single to left, then Scherzer struck out Justin Upton to tie the record. Needing strikeouts more than ever before Wednesday evening, Scherzer struck out catcher McCann looking at a fastball.

The Red Sox, winners of four straight, remained percentage points behind the Baltimore Orioles for the American League East lead.

Albert Suarez (1-0) pitched an inning for his first major-league victory.

By the time it was all said and done, there were so many K's on the stadium LED display, it looked as if the scoreboard operator had fallen asleep with his forehead on the "K" key. Baker stuck with Scherzer, at 114 pitches, to face Upton. Scherzer struck out 20 batters, tying the major l... One thing I pointed out is that the previous 20-strikeout games had all come in advantageous conditions: The Reds had an extremely weak lineup that night against Johnson; Kerry Wood's 20 strikeouts came on a dark, overcast afternoon at Wrigley; both of Roger Clemens' 20-strikeout games came against teams in the midst of team-wide strikeout slumps. That's special. How many times do they do that in the big leagues? "He's the best hitter in the game", Scherzer said. In that eighth-inning encounter, Scherzer went slider-fastball-slider-fastball-changeup and then presented the Detroit shortstop with this...

In Chicago, Drew Pomeranz tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings and Christian Bethancourt hit a long solo home run to give San Diego a win over the Cubs and a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.

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