A lot of the focus on Wednesday night’s series finale between the Tigers and Nationals was centered on the Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann, who is facing his former team for the first time. The opposing starter, Max Scherzer, was also facing his former team but it’s been a year and a half since he pitched for the Tigers so it wasn’t as special.
Scherzer decided to make it special. After getting Ian Kinsler to pop up to start the ballgame, the right-hander would get his next nine outs on strikeouts. J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera, two of the game’s best hitters, both fanned twice. In fact, Scherzer got both strikeouts on Cabrera on three pitches each.
Scherzer hasn’t been perfect, though. He surrendered a solo home run, to Jose Iglesias of all people, in the third inning.
Entering Wednesday evening’s action, Scherzer owned an uncharacteristic 4.60 ERA with a 46/15 K/BB ratio in 43 innings.