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Scherzer Fans 16, Gives Up One Hit in Milwaukee

To say the least, Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer had himself a day in Milwaukee on Sunday, and I was blessed to be in attendance with fellow SST baseball editor Danny Henken.

With a perfect game through six innings, the $210 million man gave up his lone hit of the game to Carlos Gómez on a bloop single to right field over second baseman Anthony Rendon’s head in the bottom of the seventh inning. Besides that hit, only a few balls left the infield all afternoon, as Scherzer struck out 16 batters, only walked one batter, and gave up only that (BS) hit on 119 pitches to go along with a complete game shutout.

He simply dominated the Brewers’ lineup, which was missing Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez, but I’m not sure they would have made a difference today. He got ahead of almost every hitter he faced, throwing first pitch strikes on 20 of the 29 batters faced. There were more swinging strikes (27) than called strikes (20) with 86 total strikes (33 balls!) to total the 119 pitches.

From the beginning, Scherzer just had his best stuff today, and it was noticeable even to the average Brewers fan. I have been to over 100 baseball games in the past 10 years, and I have never seen a pitcher dominate like that. Even as a Brewers fan, I was rooting for Scherzer during the game, and we were disappointed to see the ball fall over Gómez’s head.

The Brewers’ offense hit a wall against Scherzer, but the loss only meant the Brewers have gone 6-4 in the past 10 games. Taylor Jungmann threw a lot of pitches, but had a decent second major league start. He went five innings, allowing seven hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks, and struck out five Nationals.

The Brewers (24-40) will face the Royals for two games in Milwaukee, and then go to Kansas City for two games before heading to Denver, CO to play the Rockies for three next weekend. Here’s the schedule and probably starters:

Monday, June 15 8:10 PM EDT: Kansas City Royals (Volquez, 5-4) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Lohse, 3-7)

Tuesday, June 16 8:10 PM EDT: Kansas City Royals (Blanton, 0-0) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Garza, 4-7)

Wednesday, June 17 8:10 PM EDT: Milwaukee Brewers (Fiers, 3-6) @ Kansas City Royals (Ventura, 3-6)

Thursday, June 18 8:10 PM EDT: Milwaukee Brewers (Nelson, 3-7) @ Kansas City Royals (Guthrie, 4-4)

Friday, June 19 8:40 PM EDT: Milwaukee Brewers (TBD) @ Colorado Rockies (De La Rosa, 4-2)

Saturday, June 20 4:10 PM EDT: Milwaukee Brewers (Lohse, 3-7) @ Colorado Rockies (Bettis, 2-1)

Sunday, June 21 4:10 PM EDT: Milwaukee Brewers (Garza, 4-7) @ Colorado Rockies (Rusin, 2-1)



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