Scherzer Helps His Own Cause, Picks Up 19th Win

Max Scherzer was the offensive star of the game--wait, what?

Max Scherzer was the offensive star of the game–wait, what?

Max Scherzer joined rarified air Saturday afternoon as he racked up his 19th win on the season, becoming only the third pitcher to win 19 of his first 20 decisions. Scherzer joined Roger Clemens (2001) and Rube Marquard (1912) as the only other pitchers to have accomplished the feat. Scherzer went six shutout innings, allowing three hits and four walks, while striking out eleven. He also provided all the offense the Tigers would end up needing, when he hit a line drive double to score Andy Dirks in the second inning.

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The Tigers jumped on Matt Harvey early, swinging early and often; they ended up with 13 hits off the Mets All Star in six innings. Harvey gave up only two runs though, and struck out four, as he limited the damage. Harvey allowed just two doubles (one to Scherzer and one to Dirks); the rest of the hits he gave up were singles.

The Tigers chased Harvey in the seventh with four straight singles, but were unable to score a single run as they had a runner thrown out at home and were robbed of another run on a blown call at second base. They finally ended up adding an insurance run in the ninth when Don Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to score Austin Jackson.

José Alvarez, recently recalled from Toledo for Phil Coke, came on in the seventh and retired the Mets in order. He stayed in the game to bat for himself in the next half inning, and then retired the first batter of the eighth before being relieved by José Veras. Veras retired the only two batters he faced without much trouble.

Joaquín Benoit came on for the save in the ninth, and then retired the side in order to preserve the shutout and Scherzer’s 19th win.

Bullet Points

  • Scherzer got his first hit as a member of the Tigers. He had a .226 BA with the Diamondbacks but had gone 0-for-8 since joining the Tigers.
  • Scherzer’s double was his third career extra base hit. He’s now a career .173 hitter (13-75), via Matthew Mowery.
  • Harvey was the first pitcher to allow two or fewer runs and 13+ hits since 2004, and the first to do it in a loss since 1962, when Al Jackson—also of the Mets—did it (via ESPN Stats & Info).
  • Max Scherzer has as many RBIs as he does losses.
    • cestma

      “Max Scherzer has as many RBIs as he does losses.”
      Good one! :D
      For a shutout, that was an awfully suspenseful game.

      • verlander

        I was nervous until they added the third run.

        • cestma

          Exactly!

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