The best pitcher did win tonight. 20 strikeouts in a game to tie the record of Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson and now Max Scherzer‘s name will be alongside those names. 96 of Scherzer’s pitches tonight were strikes and only 23 balls which set a record in a 20K game. By the way, the Nats won 3-2
Danny Espinosa‘s HR was the difference in the game as it turns out and Anthony Rendon scored the other 2 runs on hits by Daniel “Hits” Murphy. Bryce Harper had 2 hits as he hit in front of Daniel Murphy and looked the most comfortable he has in over a week.
Wilson Ramos has now caught 3 no-hitters and a 20K game as part of his resumé and Ramos is the only catcher in MLB history to have ever caught that combination. Ramos has done all this in his 478th career game and think what that means in terms of full seasons as that is less than 3 full 162 game seasons! That has to be special for the man putting down the digits. “It’s obviously up there [with the other milestone games I have caught],” Wilson Ramos said. “It just is impressive the way [Max Scherzer] was attacking the zone against a very good [Tigers] lineup. [Scherzer] just felt like he was in control. Despite the couple of no-hitters that I caught, 20 strikeouts is a Major League record as well, so it’s just as impressive as any of the no-hitters that I’ve caught.”
Max Scherzer summed up his night well, “Strikeouts are sexy. To be able to punch out 2o, it’s sexy…I wanted to strikeout McCann to end the game. I did.”
When Max Scherzer was asked if he liked the no-hitter or 20 strikeouts better, his answer was surprising, “20 strikeouts.”
— Jonny Rasch (@iraschional) May 12, 2016
Max Scherzer, Nationals Pitcher on his 20 strikeouts vs. Tigers by MLB Network Radio via #soundcloud “It’s a sexy number”.