Marlins’ right-hander Dan Straily exited Sunday’s game after firing 5 1/3 innings of a no-hitter during the club’s series finale against the Mets. He held the Mets hitless into the sixth inning, but was pulled after his 93rd pitch and fifth walk of the afternoon, putting runners in scoring position for the first time and jeopardizing the team’s 1-0 lead.
Before things got out of control in the sixth, however, Straily looked nearly untouchable. He struck out five batters and was bailed out in the fifth inning by Marcell Ozuna‘s incredible catch atop the left field wall:
The Marlins continued the combined no-hitter for another 2 1/3 innings, sending out lefty prospect Jarlin Garcia to finish off the sixth and utilizing right-hander Kyle Barraclough in the seventh inning. Brad Ziegler got the ball in the eighth, inducing a groundout and catching Curtis Granderson on a swinging strikeout before giving up the no-no on a 2-0 single to Neil Walker.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.