By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers has change into the nineteenth participant in main league historical past with 3,000 strikeouts.
The 37-year-old right-hander fanned Eric Hosmer of the San Diego Padres within the fifth inning Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
The crowd gave the three-time Cy Young Award winner a standing ovation, and Scherzer doffed his cap. He threw the souvenir ball into the dugout. Hosmer went down on six pitches, retired on a swinging strike.
The punchout additionally saved Scherzer good by means of 5 innings in a game that additionally included an immaculate inning. He’s thrown two no-hitters in his 14-year profession however by no means an ideal game.
Knowing Scherzer wanted yet one more to succeed in the mark, followers obtained to their ft and cheered every time he had two strikes on a batter. Some held up cell telephones to document the second.
Scherzer got here into the game needing six strikeouts to succeed in 3,000. He obtained Trent Grisham within the first. He struck out the aspect on 9 pitches within the second, retiring Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham, who all went down swinging.
In the third, Scherzer struck out Wil Myers on 5 pitches.
Scherzer is 13 strikeouts from catching Houston’s Justin Verlander for probably the most amongst energetic gamers. Verlander — a teammate of Scherzer’s in Detroit — is lacking your entire 2021 season following Tommy John surgical procedure.
It took Scherzer 404 games to succeed in the mark, second fewest in historical past behind Hall of Famer Randy Johnson at 362 games, per Elias. He’s additionally the primary to succeed in 3,000 Ks in a Dodgers uniform.
Scherzer is 13-4, and his 2.28 ERA was second within the National League behind Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes coming into Sunday. He was acquired from the Washington Nationals in July and put himself in rivalry for a fourth Cy Young down the stretch for the Dodgers.
He is on a nine-game profitable streak and hasn’t misplaced since May 30 towards Milwaukee. He is 9-0 in his final 15 begins since June 4, going 9-0 with a 2.23 ERA. Four of these wins have include the Dodgers.
Scherzer was drafted by Arizona in 2006 out of Missouri. He has pitched for the Diamondbacks, Detroit and Washington, and is a mixed 188-97 with a 3.15 ERA in his profession.
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