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.