Max Scherzer has been one of the few bright spots for the Washington Nationals this season and Monday in a makeup game against the Cincinnati Reds, he tried to create another bright spot and take the spotlight off of some less-than-positive recent events.
Scherzer was on his game going eight innings, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out ten and walking three. Oh yeah, he also came five outs away from his second no-hitter of 2015.
With one out in the eighth inning, Tucker Barnhart came to the plate and shot a single to left field to end the chance at the no-no. It wasn’t a big crowd at Nationals Park, but they gave Scherzer a well deserved standing ovation for his efforts.
If Mad Max, would have completed this no hitter, he would have been the first pitcher since Roy Halladay in 2010 to throw two no-hitters in the same season. In addition, with 10 strikeouts in this ballgame, he now has thrown 10 games in 2015 with 10 or more strikeouts.
It has been a solid year for Scherzer in his first season in Washington as he has posted a 2.91 ERA in 32 starts for the Nationals.
In a season that was supposed to be the Nats’ year to shine, it has been quite dark.
There have been two guys on this Washington team that have been bright spots, but other than that, not a whole lot. Scherzer and Bryce Harper, who has a chance at an NL MVP award, are those two guys, but its Scherzer that has been the guy flying under the radar after his first no-hitter on June 20.
After he blanked the Pirates, his ERA went up nearly a whole point during the entire ensuing stretch until today. Along with that, the Nationals playoff chances went down the drain and it has turned bad for this ball club fairly quickly.
After the Jonathan Papelbon-Bryce Harper scuffle from Sunday, it really is a shame that Scherzer couldn’t finish off this no-no just to take the negative attention away even if just for a day or two. The club is in a rough patch after having been eliminated from the playoffs to go along with the suspension of Papelbon, and Harper getting benched for this game. The Nats needed something to go their way and it just didn’t which sums up their season fairly well.
There have been so many twists and turns to this season, that it’s almost hard to keep up with. Scherzer, however, he’s has had a solid 2015 season and if he would have been able to throw two no-hitters, it would have been something to hang their hat on. Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be, and for the 2015 Washington Nationals, it just wasn’t meant to be.