Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer got word just a few days ago that his younger brother Alex had committed suicide. But he decided to carry on and make his scheduled start Saturday vs. the Pirates.
And he put together a truly inspiring performance.
The Tigers didn’t win and Scherzer was handed his fifth loss of the 2012 campaign, but he struck out seven batters and issued just one walk over six strong innings. He only really made one mistake, which Andrew McCutchen deposited it over the left field wall for a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Scherzer understandably declined to talk to the media after the game, but his teammates stepped in.
“It’s a situation where I don’t think anyone can understand it unless you’ve gone through it,” said catcher Alex Avila. “It’s hard to put into words what he’s feeling. He’s a tough guy, and we’re all here for him.”
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Tigers 1, Pirates 4
Blue Jays 7, Marlins 1
Cardinals 8, Royals 2
Rockies 11, Rangers 7
Indians 1, Astros 8
Rays 6, Phillies 7
Twins 0, Reds 6
Nationals 3, Orioles 1
Braves 4, Red Sox 8
Dodgers 3, Angels 1
Brewers 6, White Sox 8
Giants 9, Athletics 8
Yankees 4, Mets 3
Mariners 5, Padres 1
Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 10
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.