Max Scherzer had an eleven-start unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-0 loss to San Francisco’s Giants last time out before Saturday afternoon, in spite of the fact that he gave up just four hits and two earned runs, both of them on a home run by Brandon Crawford, who had hits in all three of his at bats against the Washington Nationals’ ace.
“Max pitched really well, he made one mistake, but we’ve got to score runs to win,” Davey Martinez said after that outing.
“I threw good pitches to [Crawford], he put great swings on them,” Scherzer told reporters after his first loss since his second start of the season on April 4th.
“He wins, I lose. That’s as simple as that. He’s hot. I have to be better than him. And today he was great, and tip your hat and move on.”
Scherzer tossed four scoreless to start his outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in the Rogers Centre, but a one-out hit-by-pitch on a 1-2 chang to Luke Maile, and a two-run home run on an 0-1 slider to Devon Travis in the next at bat put Scherzer and the Nats down 2-0 after five.
A 22-pitch sixth, in which he picked up his 9th and 10th strikeouts, ended Scherzer’s outing after 108 pitches overall.
Max Scherzer’s Line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 Ks, 1 HR, 108 P, 75 S, 4/1 GO/FO.
What ended up a 2-0 loss handed Scherzer his first consecutive losses since August, 2015, when he lost three straight and went winless in a seven-game stretch over which he had a 6.08 ERA in 40 innings.
The loss on Saturday, Scherzer said, was all about the slider he left up to Travis.
“I needed to get it down to the glove side, and I left it in the middle of the plate,” Scherzer explained, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.
“That pitch beat me. You just take that in stride, move on. Cause other than that, I felt like I had great stuff today. ... I just didn’t execute one pitch.”
“He pitched really well,” Martinez said. “One mistake. The biggest thing [was] hitting Maile with two strikes. He was more upset about that.
“But hey, we know what we get with him every five days, and we score three runs, we win.”