Max Scherzer was almost unhittable Tuesday night in L.A.
Over seven nearly spotless innings, the Washington Nationals ace struck out 14 Dodgers hitters. He didn’t allow an earned run, with just a single unearned score plating in the opening frame.
Each of the first 11 outs that Scherzer recorded came by strikeout, and he had 12 punchouts by the end of the fifth inning.
It was a season high for Scherzer, who struck out 13 Padres on May 26. Only one pitcher has topped 14 strikeouts in a start this season: Scherzer’s teammate Stephen Strasburg, who struck out 15 batters on May 27 – also against the hapless Padres.
The 14 strikeouts gave Scherzer 1,995 for his career, meaning he’ll have a very realistic shot at reaching 2,000 in his next start.