Perfect 2 Scherzer won 3000K 7X Perfect Season 14 times
LA Dodgers veteran starter Max Scherzer (37) succeeded in achieving 14 wins of the season by striking out 3,000 in his career.
Scherzer started the 2021 Major League San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on the 13th (Korea Standard Time) and led his team to an 8-0 complete victory with one hit, four walks, nine strikeouts and no runs in eight innings.
Scherzer, who won his 14th win (4 losses) of the season, jumped to joint third place in the National League multiple wins category. He also lowered his ERA to 2.17, ranking first. Strikeouts (219) are in second place.
It was a pitch close to perfection. Until the seventh inning, it was perfect without allowing hits and walks. Meanwhile, he also achieved a record of 3,000 strikeouts for the 19th time in Major League Baseball history.
Scherzer, who struck out 13 in an away game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 7th and struck out 2,994 strikeouts, struck out San Diego No. 1 hitter Trent Grisham in the top of the first inning and started smoothly for the record.
In the top of the second inning, Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer, and Tommy Pam all struck out with nine balls.
Scherzer, who struck out leadoff hitter Will Myers and approached the milestone by one in the top of the third inning, was named the 3,000 strikeouts club by striking out his sixth strikeout against Hosmer after one out in the top of the fifth inning.
Scherzer pulled out Hosmer’s bat with a changeup in a full count situation.
At the moment of achieving the milestone, fans who visited Dodger Stadium gave a standing ovation, and Scherzer took off his hat and responded.
Since then, Scherzer has added three more strikeouts before being replaced, approaching Justin Verlander’s record of the most strikeouts (3013) held by Houston Astros with 3003 strikeouts in his career. It is highly likely to set a new record within the season.
San Diego hitters failed to step on first base until one out in the top of the eighth inning. It was the Dodgers’ first hit that day that Hosmer, who became Scherzer’s 3000th strikeout victim, hit a double since then.
The perfect march was broken, but Scherzer remained unshakable. Scherzer finished the inning by striking out Myers again after catching Pam with a grounder to third base.
In the top of the ninth inning, Justin Bruhl took the mound to protect the team’s victory.
Scherzer made his big league debut in 2008 and recorded 174 strikeouts in 2009, and has achieved three-digit strikeouts for 11 consecutive seasons until 2019.
From 2012 to 2019, he struck out more than 200 every season.
In 2018, when he was a member of the Washington Nationals, he struck out 300 (220이닝3 innings) and maintained his position as a “Doctor K” in the National League for the third consecutive year since 2016.
Last year’s shortened season (60 games) also struck out 92 in 67 2이닝3 innings.
Scherzer, who left Washington during this season and wore a Dodgers uniform, has won six games without losing in eight games for the Dodgers, playing the role of an ace.
Meanwhile, San Diego Kim Ha-sung (26) was unable to play in the game.