Max Scherzer was expecting his 3,000th career strike. He had his family close at hand and Los Angeles Dodgers the fyears knew it was going to happen.
As if that wasn't enough history for one day, he almost pulled off a perfect match too.
Scherzer has reached his milestone and took a perfect game until the eighth inning as the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
"In the fifth or sixth, I realized that I ' had something going on there, "he said. " Once I got through the sixth, I was like, "I was lucky enough to do it. do. "
Alas, this was not the case.
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Scherzer withdrew his first 22 hitters, including Fernando Tatis Jr. just before Eric Hosmer doubled down on the right with an eighth indent. The crowd of 42,637, including his wife, three children and parents, greeted Scherzer with a standing ovation afterFinishing the round, his second of the day.
"I knew Tatis and Hosmer were going to be tough batting," Scherzer said. "Hosmer, we have fought so many battles over the years. I took down a changeup and he was able to put a barrel in it.
Scherzer hit 3,000 career strikeouts in fifth when Hosmer hit lost the shot for the second of the round. The crowd screamed long and loud for the 37-year-old All-Star, who took off his cap and threw the historic ball towards the dugout.
"To me, that's a testament sustainability, "said Scherzer. "It 's gone for my 30+ year, year after year. All the hard work I put in to be able to live this moment is what feels good.
Scherzer scored nine strikeouts on 92 shots in eight innings to register his 10th winconsecutive.
"I love strikeouts because the ball is not in play " he said. "They can't touch when the ball is not in play. When the ball is in play, anything can happen.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched an impeccable inning in the second with three strikeouts on nine pitches.
"When he got a strikeout the guys started swinging earlier because they didn't want to be the 3 000th "said teammate Mookie Betts. "I don't blame them.
Scherzer pitched 29 2/3 innings without allowing a earned run and is 6-0 in eight games with a 0.88 ERA since He joined the Dodgers in July. deadline for exchanges. He leads the majors with a 2.17 ERA.
"It 's just amazing to see the greatness," said Betts. "You really appreciate the best of the best when you see it every day.urs. "
The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games behind the NL West leaders San Francisco Giants.
In a heavy blow, the starter from San Diego Blake Snell left after 11 shots with a left adductor injury. The Padres used seven pitchers in the relief box emergency game.
"C 'is something he's dealt with in the past, "said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. " It doesn't usually happen until the sixth or seventh inning. For some reason today it tightened up on him early on. He says he works better now. He's already feeling a little better. "
Corey Seager and Betts have pulled off solo runs, and Justin Turner added a three-point explosion to seventh behind Scherzer (14-4).
Seager went deep with two strikeouts in the fourth against Dinelhis Lamet (2-4). Betts followed in the fifth with a shot to the left from Pierce Johnson.
Turner's home run off Emilio Pagan arrived with two strikeouts in the seventh. Max Muncy added a race on his double RBI in the right corner of the field.
The Padres failed to get a hit until Hosmer 's double. They landed four balls. 7 1/3 sleeves. Most of the time they have arisen or been struck out.
Padres reliever Austin Adams has hit three hitters in the eighth, giving him 23 hitters this season to tie the game. era of the live ball established by Howard Ehmke of Detroit in 1922.
"It's a slider. It 's not meant to hit anyone," said the wide receiver. Padres Austin Nola. "It's just one of those sliders that has so much twist that if it doesn't catch theseam, sometimes he'll back off and hit the guys. "
Adams hit Betts with goals loaded to bring in Will Smith, who was hit early in the inning. Muncy's sacrifice fly made it 8-0. Adams then came close. punching Trea Turner, who fell in heaps, drawing prolonged boos from the crowd. He accompanied Trea Turner to charge the goals again before Justin Turner flew off to end the round.
Scherzer got help with a strong defense from his outfield. rs who made some catches in the tough dueling conditions of a piercing sun and cloudless sky.
"That sun was harsh today " said right fielder Betts.
In the sixth, wide receiver Smith chased a Nola popup through foul territory and managed to catch him near the circle on the bridge, narrowly missing stepping on a wandering bat.
Scherzer has two career hitters, tBoth of us in 2015. He completed 8 2/3 perfect innings in the first inning before Pirates hitter Jose Tabata appeared to be leaning on a pitch but still got the first base.
The only Dodgers expensive pit to pitch a perfect game was Sandy Koufax on September 9, 1965, against the Chicago Cubs.
Dodgers closest Kenley Jansen was put on the paternity list hours after his wife gave birth to a baby girl. Jansen said on Twitter that Key 'Gia Keziah Jansen arrived on Sunday morning, weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. He described her as "beyond beauty ". Jansen converted his 11th consecutive save on Saturday night and has 32 in total. Jansen is expected to return with the team on Tuesday.
Dodgers: INF-OF Chris Taylor left for the second time in a row day because of an injury tou neck that hinders its momentum and running ability. It shows a "slight improvement ", according to manager Dave Roberts. The team holds up on the injury list hoping their condition improves.
Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (8-9, 3.95 ERA) starts Monday in San Francisco.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-7, 3.39) will be activated from IL on Monday to face Arizona in of his first departure since July 3 in Washington. He came out with inflammation of the left forearm.