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Scherzer No-Hits Pirates; Second In Nats History


Scherzer no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday afternoon. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was close to making history in his last start when he took a perfect game into the seventh inning but on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park  against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he did make history by pitching just the second no-hitter in the organization’s history, while striking out ten for a combined twenty-six strikeouts in his last two starts.

Entering the ninth inning Scherzer actually had a perfect game but, then with two outs and a 2-2 count to Jose Tabata, who was brought in as a pinch-hitter for pitcher Vance Worley,  a 86mph slider hit the elbow of the Pirates’ outfielder.

But, Scherzer didn’t back down as Josh Harrison flew out to left field to end the game, advancing to (8-5) in his first season with the Nationals, previously playing for the Detroit Tigers where he won the Cy Young in 2013.

Bryce Harper, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, hit his 23rd homerun of the season on a fly ball to center to put the Nationals up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

In the bottom of the sixth  and RBI double by Anthony Rendon increased the lead to 2-0 and then Harper struck again, this time with a RBI single on a ground ball to left field for a 3-0 lead. Harper and Wilson Ramos then both scored off a single by Tyler Moore‘s single on a ground ball to right field for a 5-0 ballgame.

Washington’s sixth run came in the bottom of the seventh when Michael Taylor scored off a wild pitch by Anthony Rendon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were on an eight game winning streak before starting the series against the Nationals.


Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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