Max Scherzer defied all odds to deliver 7 scoreless innings starring in Nationals 2-0 victory over Phillies.
This was an exemplary display of the never say die spirit from Max Scherzer. He battled through a nose injury he suffered during batting practice a day before. The American struck out 10 from 7 innings without giving away anything to complete National’s clean sweep against Phillies.
“I felt zero pain”: Max Scherzer
Scherzer talked like the fighter he is after the match. The Nationals were watchful of his injury and would have made him rest but for Scherzer’s assurance.
“Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually feels,” Scherzer said. “I felt zero pain. There’s been plenty of other injuries where I felt a lot of pain I had to pitch through.”
Max Scherzer broke his nose after taking a ball off the face during a bunting drill. pic.twitter.com/M9o4hYBj0J
— ESPN (@espn) June 19, 2019
He put a lot of emphasis on how he didn’t feel the pain. It’s moments like these that prove the mettle of a true warrior. And the pain is more in the head than anywhere else. And Scherzer showcased his willpower beautifully here.
Scherzer put all the doubts over his hindered performance to rest with venomous pitches. One of his fastballs measured up to 98 mph and he was all over the opposition.
Brian Dozier home run set platform for Scherzer flourish for Nationals
Brian Dozier gave the Nats an early lead with a home run off Jake Arrieta, his 12th of the season. It was one-way traffic after that as Scherzer took control.
“It’s one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a while,” Dozier said. “He’s probably the best pitcher in our generation.”
Scherzer made the injury look stupid as he delivered a stunning 117 balls in seven innings. The Cy Young Award winner then took the prized scalps of Andrew Knapp, Brad Miller and J.T. Realmuto to seal the affair for his side.
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