Tuesday night at Nationals Park was “Scherzday” and fans can always expect that the Nationals’ ace will put them in a position to win every fifth day. Max Scherzer did just that and he had me on my feet cheering all the way upstairs in section 408.
Scherzer entered the game tied for the league lead with 198 strikeouts and made some history in the third inning when he caught the Cleveland Indians’ catcher, Roberto Perez, looking on a slider at the knees. It was just Scherzer’s second strikeout of the night, but it also marked his fifth consecutive season with 200+ strikeouts.
Scherzer pitched seven innings, while allowing just three hits two runs (one earned) and racking up 10 strikeouts. It was his tenth game of the year with 10 or more strikeouts.
Max Scherzer (@Nationals): 40th game with 10 K in last 5 seasons, 4 more than next-closest pitcher (Clayton Kershaw, 36)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 10, 2016
This is only the 3rd 200-strikeout season in #Nats history, and Scherzer got there on Aug. 20. Impressive.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) August 21, 2015
He arrived at that line in impressive fashion allowing no hits through six and a third innings as he made an athletic defensive play in the fifth inning to throw out third baseman Jose Ramirez. The defensive play of the day, however, went to Ben Revere who, according to Statcast, ran 109.8 feet to rob Perez of extra base-hits with a leaping grab at the wall in center field.
— #Statcast (@statcast) August 10, 2016
Scherzer lost his bid for a third career no-hitter in the seventh inning after Francisco Lindor singled up the middle and he took a hard fought 3-1 loss as the Nationals mustered just one run on a Jayson Werth home run.
Topps Now released a limited edition baseball card on Wednesday afternoon commemorating Scherzer’s fifth consecutive season with 200 strikeouts. The card is only available until 1 p.m. on Thursday before it is sold out.
Max Scherzer turned in another high-quality outing, striking out 10 batters over seven frames, while yielding one earned run. Despite that effort, Scherzer took the hard-luck loss to the Cleveland Indians, but in doing so, he became the first pitcher of the 2016 season to eclipse 200 strikeouts. Additionally, Scherzer joins Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander as the only active pitchers to crack 200 Ks in five straight seasons.