There were two events which occurred last night which overshadowed everything else, so we’re going to let them speak for the rest of today’s recaps and just move on from there.
First, and most obviously, was Max Scherzer striking out 20 dudes. That ties him for the most in a nine-inning game with Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens, who did the deed twice. A guy named Tom Cheney struck out 21 in a 16-inning game for the Washington Senators against the Orioles in 1962. Cheney’s milestone was kind of a fluke. He’d only pitch in 41 games over three seasons after that year. The other guys: legit beasts. As is Scherzer, of course. Once in a while I remember him with the Diamondbacks, all stuff — great stuff, mind you — and no plan, and marvel at what he’s done since.
The other big fun story was Noah Syndergaard hitting two home runs in the Mets’ win. It was a 4-3 win. Syndergaard drove in all four of those runs on his bombs. I’m guessing there are stats out there about how often a pitcher has driven in all of his team’s runs in a win and I assume the vast majority of those instances were games in which his team scored one or two runs. I can’t recall a game, at least in the nine seasons I’ve been doing these And That Happened recaps, where a pitcher did it with as many as four runs.
Oh, and finally there was this:
Bartolo’s trot was better. I was watching the Mets-Dodgers game and the most notable thing about Syndergaard’s trots was just how awkward and unpracticed they were. Now he has a lot of practice.
The rest of the scores. We’ll get back to highlights tomorrow. None of them would beat these two things anyway:
Padres 7, Cubs 4; Padres 1, Cubs 0
Orioles 9, Twins 2
Rangers 6, White Sox 5
Astros 5, Indians 3
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 7
Mariners 6, Rays 5
Giants 5, Blue Jays 4
Royals 7, Yankees 3
Nationals 3, Tigers 2
Red Sox 13, Athletics 3
Braves 5, Phillies 1
Pirates 5, Reds 4
Marlins 3, Brewers 2
Cardinals 5, Angels 2
Mets 4, Dodgers 3