Update (8:41 PM EST): It’s over. We’re a jinx, officially. Freddy Galvis broke up the perfect game with one out in the sixth inning with a double down the right field line. Scherzer hadn’t allowed a hit in 16 1/3 innings.
This may end up being the easiest perfect game (or no-hitter) to call in baseball history. Nationals starter Max Scherzer has tossed five perfect innings against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night on only 48 pitches. Scherzer no-hit the Pirates this past Saturday, and had tossed a one-hit shutout against the Brewers on June 14.
Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher in baseball history to throw no-hitters in back-to-back starts, doing so on June 11 and 15 in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.
Scherzer, by the way, singled, stole second, and came around to score in the fifth inning. He’s doing it all.
We’ll keep you posted as Scherzer attempts to make a run at history.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.