Max Scherzer tossed seven scoreless, struck out 10, passed Cy Young on the list of all-time strikeouts leaders, and then cracked a beer open after Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off homer to lift the Nationals to a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Washington, D.C.
“I’m in the training room,” Scherzer said when asked how he experienced Schwarber’s blast.
“You know a swing can win it at any point, and obviously Schwarber was able to get a pitch that he could drive, and I don’t even know where it landed because by the time it got into the air I had already cracked a beer open and was ready to start partying. So, that was a good thing. I heard it cleared everything and didn’t land anywhere, didn’t touch anything, so to hit a game-winning shot like that, that’s pretty cool.”
It is pretty cool, Max. The rest of you, go read your links...
Max Scherzer dominates for seven, Kyle Schwarber comes through in ninth to lift Nats - The Washington Post
Max Scherzer throws seven scoreless innings before Kyle Schwarber makes his introduction to Nationals fans with a 463-foot bomb to win the game in the ninth.
Kyle Schwarber hits mammoth walk-off homer to cap 1-0 win over Diamondbacks - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Kyle Schwarber entered the bottom of the ninth in an 0-for-12 slump."
Schwarber's walk-off bomb sends Nats to victory (updated) - (MASN)
"Great starting pitching, however, can’t win a ballgame all by itself. Somebody’s got to score a run at some point."
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Tonight was Max Scherzer's 99th career game of 10+ strikeouts.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 17, 2021
The only players in @MLB history with more such games are:
• Nolan Ryan
• Randy Johnson
• Roger Clemens
• Pedro Martinez#Scherzday // #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/PiPDp4Zjcj
Max Scherzer passes Cy Young on all-time strikeouts list - (MLB.com)
"He notched his eighth strikeout to lead off the seventh inning to tie Young at 2,806 punchouts for 22nd in Major League history."
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Asdrúbal Cabrera, a World Series champion with Nationals, gets ovation in D.C. - The Washington Post
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Kyle Schwarber on first hit in #Nationals Park as a National being a walk-off winner (and an absolute concourse-reaching bomb): "To walk if off there in front of all the fans here, it was phenomenal, I mean, that’s a moment I’m not going to forget."— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 17, 2021
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