Nationals starter Max Scherzer continued his recent run of dominance, striking out 15 Reds across eight innings of one-run ball. He limited the Reds to three hits and one walk on 120 pitches as the Nationals enjoyed a 4-1 victory.
Manager Davey Martinez came out to the mound in the eighth inning after Scherzer struck out Nick Senzel for the second out. Scherzer made his case to stay in the game and Martinez relented. Scherzer then struck out Joey Votto on three consecutive called strikes to end the inning.
Sunday’s outing marks Scherzer’s sixth career game of 15 or more strikeouts. The only other pitchers with at least as many such games are Randy Johnson (29), Nolan Ryan (26), Pedro Martínez (10), Roger Clemens (10), and Sandy Koufax (eight).
Scherzer now carries a 3.06 ERA with a 117/18 K/BB ratio across 85 1/3 innings. After a slow start — ending April with a 4.12 ERA — Scherzer’s numbers are back where they’re expected.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.