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Scherzer No-Hits Pirates; Second In Nats History

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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
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