Nationals Game Notes: May 13 vs. Miami
Miami Marlins (18-15) vs. Washington Nationals (21-13)
RHP Tom Koehler [2-3, 5.83] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [2-1, 2.19]
Friday, May 13 l Game #35 / Home #16 l Nationals Park l Washington D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
A PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGES
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer joined an exclusive club on Wednesday night vs. the Detroit Tigers as he became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game…In setting down 20 Tigers via strikeout, Scherzer joined Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Roger Clemens (Sept. 18, 1996 & April 29, 1986) in the elite company…Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a Nationals record (2005-pres.), a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) and the most in D.C.-baseball history since Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters on Sept. 12, 1962 at Baltimore, but in a 16-inning performance…In Scherzer’s three historic performances with WSH (two no-hitters, 20-K game), he has combined for 47 strikeouts and no walks.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer’s 20 strikeouts against the Tigers, for whom he pitched from 2010-14, are far and away the most any pitcher has recorded in a game against his former team in MLB history…That tops the previous mark of 16 by the St. Louis Browns’ Rube Waddell vs. the Philadelphia Athletics on July 29, 1908 & Toronto’s Roger Clemens against the Boston Red Sox on July 12, 1997.
- Scherzer, who in 2015 became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season, now joins Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in MLB history to have a no-hitter and a 20-strikeout game on his resume.
- Perhaps most remarkable about Scherzer’s performance on Wednesday was his strike efficiency…Of the 119 pitches he threw, 96 were strikes (80.7%)…Per Elias, that is the highest percentage of pitches that were strikes in an outing of at least 110 pitches since 94 of 114 (82.5%) of Curt Schilling’s pitches were in the zone on Sept. 20, 2002 vs. COL.
- The 23 total balls (of his 119 pitches) were the fewest ever thrown in a 20-strikeout game, nine fewer than Randy Johnson’s 32: Scherzer: 23; Johnson: 32; Wood: 38 ; Clemens (2nd): 50; Clemens: 41…Scherzer had nearly as many swings against pitches out of the strike zone (19) as he had total balls in the game.
- Scherzer diversified his arsenal well on Wednesday night, striking out 11 Tigers with his fastball, five on sliders and four on changeups…Fourteen of his 20 K’s were swinging strikeouts and, per ESPN Stats & Information, his 33 swings-and-misses were the second-most in a game in any of the past 15 seasons, tying Jeremy Bonderman (2004) and just behind Clayton Kershaw (2015).
- In addition, Scherzer’s complete game win over Detroit gave him at least one win over all 30 teams in Major League Baseball…He joins RHP John Lackey as the only active players to accomplish that feat.
HE’S JUST A HIT MACHINE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 on Wednesday night, his fourth consecutive multi-hit effort…Murphy leads the Major Leagues with 18 multi-hit games this season…The Nationals’ second baseman has also hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, going 25-for-54 (.462) with six doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored in that stretch…He has posted multi-hit efforts in eight of those 13 games and has recorded at least one RBI in eight of the 13 as well.
- Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.409) and also ranks among MLB hitters in on-base percentage plus slugging percentage (OPS) (1st, 1.110), on-base percentage (3rd, .449), slugging percentage (4th, .661), and doubles (T5th, 13).
- On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 28 of his 33 games played.
AN OFF DAY FOR A CAUSE
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman’s annual A Night At The Park fundraiser was held at Nationals Park on Thursday evening, raising over $225,000 for the ziMS foundation…The evening, which featured a silent auction, live auction and live performance by the band O.A.R, was attended by many Nationals players and coaches…During the event, Zimmerman presented a $100,000 check to the National MS Society…In the 10 years since Zimmerman established the ziMS foundation, they have raised over $2 million toward research for finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.