Max Scherzer Fans 16 For The Washington Nationals In A Game For the Ages

Max Scherzer Fans 16 For The Washington Nationals In A Game For the Ages

A perfect game in baseball has happened a total of 23 times. No hits, no walks, no errors; 27 up, 27 down.

Considering the sport has been played for many, many decades now (a full century and a half) and with how many total games are played every season, you have to figure the percentages of tossing one are about as even as picking every single correct team on your March Madness bracket. In essence, a perfect game is still considered the most coveted accomplishment any pitcher can achieve during his career. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer did his best while striking out 16 Milwaukee Brewers in the Nats 4-0 victory, but in the end, a bloop single to right-field ultimately ended his perfect game bid.

Experts throughout the baseball world are calling Scherzer’s performance one of the best all-around pitched games, possibly ever.

Here’s the tweet from the official account of Major League Baseball @MLB.

Here’s some tweets from the official account of the Nationals regarding their star pitcher, @Nationals.

It’s hard to believe that this is only Scherzer’s second career complete game. However, as the Inquisitr previously noted, when the Nats signed him in the off-season to a seven-year, $210 million contract (including a signing bonus of $50 million), this is the exact performance they were expecting every single time Max took the mound.

Through the 2015 season thus far, Scherzer boasts a 6-5 record and an earned run average of 2.13. There is talk that Max will be the starting pitcher in the Midsummer Classic come July 14, though that day is exactly one month from now, and anything can happen through 30 grueling days on the MLB schedule.

Here’s Scherzer speaking with reporters after his big game, per The Score.

“I was able to execute every pitch for the most part where I wanted to. Why would I be disappointed on a broken-bat base hit? It takes luck to do that.”

Nationals Manager Matt Williams had this to say.

“I wouldn’t imagine that that’s going to be the last opportunity that he’s going to have to do something special.”

Before donning a Nationals uniform, Scherzer won the American League Cy Young Award with the Detroit Tigers in 2013. Max famously bet on himself when he turned down a reported six-year, $144.5 million deal with the Detroit club in order to test free agency. Though, as mentioned earlier, Scherzer’s gamble paid off big time with that $200-plus million deal.

Before being shipped off to the Tigers, Max began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where after two seasons, the club didn’t believe he would ever live up to his full potential. There’s no doubt at this moment executives within the Dbacks organization are collectively hanging their heads.

Through his eight seasons in the big leagues, Scherzer’s career record stands at 97-55 with a 3.49 ERA.

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