Max Scherzer flirted with perfection, but settled for setting a new career-high in strikeouts with 16 on Sunday as the Nationals topped the Brewers 4-0. Scherzer brought a perfect game into the seventh inning, but it was snapped when Carlos Gomez led off the frame with a single to right-center.
It was the only hit Scherzer allowed in a shutout, only the second of his career. He walked one along with striking out 16. His previous career-high of 15 punch-outs came on May 20 when his Tigers hosted the Pirates. Scherzer becomes the third pitcher to strikeout at least 16 batters in a start this season, joining Corey Kluber (18) and Michael Pineda (16). Scherzer’s 15th strikeout, against Jason Rogers in the ninth inning, set a Nationals record.
Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals this past off-season, has lived up to the hype thus far, posting a 1.93 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP and a 113/14 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings.