Red Sox deny Max Scherzer 20th win
Max Scherzer has been an unstoppable force all year long as he had only lost one game coming into Tuesday night’s tilt with the Boston Red Sox. Scherzer was bidding for his twentieth win, and based on the way his past starts had been going, it seemed like a sure thing, but Jon Lester out-dueled him on this night as the Red Sox won 2-1.
This game was exactly what it was billed to be, a pitchers’ duel, between the two teams’ respective aces this season. You could argue that Clay Buchholz is the Red Sox ace, but he has been hurt. Any year but this year you would be crazy to think of anyone but Justin Verlander as the Tigers ace, but Scherzer has been that good, while Verlander has fallen off a bit.
Lester hit a bit of a rough patch in the middle of the season after a solid start, but The Associated Press points out that he has been great over his last six starts, posting a 1.71 ERA in that span. He increased his record to 13-8 this season as he threw seven innings of one run ball allowing eight hits and no walks to go with a season high nine strikeouts.
Scherzer, on the other hand, was seeking to become only the second pitcher in MLB history to start a season 20-1. Scherzer was not at fault for the loss he received in this one as he pitched a great game as well. Scherzer came into the game with a 2.90 ERA and actually trimmed that down to 2.88 in the losing effort.
Scherzer ended up throwing seven innings allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, he also struck out eight. Scherzer’s downfall was one regrettable pitch in the fifth inning to Will Middlebrooks who roped a single up the middle which scored the Red Sox two runs, reports Sports Illustrated. The Tigers, who have the best offense in baseball, and have provided Scherzer with six runs of support per game, were not able to pick him up today as they only scored the one run in Miguel Cabrera’s return to the lineup (he went 0-4).
In what could be a potential playoff matchup later on down the road, we got a good taste of what we might see if these two teams face off in a series. Scherzer will go for his 20th win again on Monday against Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox.