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Max Scherzer fans MLB-season high 15 in victory

May 20, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

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It wasn’t quite a near no-hitter, but Max Scherzer became the first pitcher this season to strike out 15 batters Sunday in a victory over the Pirates.

Scherzer allowed two runs in seven innings in the game. Tigers pitchers struck out 17 in all.

This year’s previous high strikeout game belonged to Anibal Sanchez, who fanned 14 Diamondbacks on April 28.

It was the high game for a Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich struck out 15 Red Sox on Oct. 2, 1972.

Scherzer joined Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg in striking out a dozen Pirates. Three of this season’s nine 12-strikeout games have come against Pittsburgh.

Scherzer improved to 3-3 with the victory and lowered his ERA to 5.73. He has four games of nine or more strikeouts this year, but he’s also given up at least five runs on three occasions.

  1. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - May 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    nice outing, but i’d really love to see him do this against a divisional team. if he could be consistent, it would go a long way towards stabilizing this disaster in detroit right now. this tiger team has a lot of critical holes that need attention. the pen sucks, they did everything they could to lose this once they took control. and the lineup is underperforming… just a mess. very frustrating that they’re behind and playing bad. luckily it’s a fairly weak division overall, so no deficit will be too much to overcome.

  2. jimbo1949 - May 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    “Scherzer joined Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg in striking out a dozen Pirates.”
    .
    Yabbott Kenny Nockahoma?

  3. craggt - May 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    All 15 strikeouts were swinging. Crazy. But as we say in Detroit we got blue eye max today. From what I’ve read Scherzer’s crazy inconsistency comes from not having stable mechanics. When he has a stable release point like today he can be dominant. When he doesn’t, well, thats brown eye max for you.

    • normcash - May 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      See, I think the good Max is the brown-eyed one and the bad Max is the blue-eyed one.
      Of course, I have brown eyes…. ;-)

  4. florida76 - May 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Scherzer pitched well with the 15 strikeouts, but the reality of the situation was that he left the game after the seventh on the losing end of a 2-1 score. Scherzer was taken downtown twice, and it was the Tigers offense which won the game with a three run seventh.

    Sometimes these game recaps are confusing if you didn’t actually watch the game.

    • normcash - May 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      The “Tigers offense”, other than Peralta’s HR, consisted of a bloop single that was misplayed
      into a double, a passed ball, and a bleeder up the middle just past a drawn in infield. The
      team is still an offense mystery….

  5. shaggylocks - May 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    You know what would be awesome? If you mentioned what team Scherzer pitched for. I’ve never heard of , and I had to look that bit of info up, which I don’t think I should have had to do.

    • djpostl - May 20, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      You know what’d be awesome? You learning how to read. “It was the high game for a Tigers pitcher since…” and “Scherzer allowed two runs in seven innings in the game. Tigers pitchers struck out 17 in all.” were two really big clues….

  6. dondada10 - May 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Baseball Tonight just mentioned that 15 swinging strikeouts is second only to Randy Johnson who once got 18 swinging strikeouts, presumably in his 20 K game.

    If so, another indicator of how nasty Scherzer can be.

  7. djpostl - May 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    It’s the Pirates lol. They have four everyday regulars under the Mendoza line, not exactly a challenging lineup

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