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
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.
Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.
Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.