Max Scherzer is a serial winner in the MLB after picking up the American League Cy Young award, most AL wins and named an AL All-Star in 2013.
Last night Scherzer added another achievement by throwing his first complete shutout game of his career with a three-hit shutout in Detroit Tigers 4-0 victory against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The star pitcher moved his season record to 8-2 with the shutout looked back to his best, after conceding 20 runs in his past four games. Before the blip, which started with a seven run leakage against Cleveland on May 21, Scherzer had a AL-topping 1.83 ERA.
The 29-year-old has recovered and pulled his season ERA back down to 3.05. The pitcher sits in the top 30 pitchers in the MLB - ninth in the American Leagues - and his manager Brad Ausmus believes his man is back.
“He was on his game tonight. He has a Cy Young for a reason. We needed him to be on his game, he really was kind of the perfect antidote for us.”
Scherzer spent 113 pitchers to complete the shutout while conceding just three hits and three walks, while striking out eight White Sox batters.
The pitcher completely controlled the early stages by retiring the first six in just 23 pitches but the fight was on in the third.
Alejandro De Aza walked on one out and Adam Eaton got on two but the pitcher was able to strand the pair after Gordon Beckham hit a flyout.
Scherzer’s victory also forced a first defeat on opposition pitcher Chris Sale. Sale will feel hard done by after conceding just one run – Victor Martinez’s homer in the fifth – and he pulled off 10 strikeouts and zero walks in his seven innings.
With the Tigers’ narrow advantage at the top of the eighth, the batsmen supplied Scherzer with a two-run cushion.
Bryan Holaday and Eugenio Suarez hit singles and moved on a place with Rajai Davis’ chip to third. Ian Kinsler struck out but Miguel Cabrera set up the two-run play with a ground ball down the middle which saw the pair home.
Scherzer kept the White Sox scoreless in the eighth Holaday added another run with a quick single in the ninth against reliever Daniel Webb.
“It’s awesome. I finally got the monkey off my back, finally was able to go nine and finish the deal. It’s a great feeling.”
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