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Max Scherzer unsuccessful in fourth attempt to get his 20th win

Sep 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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After shutting out the Mets over six innings on August 24, it seemed like even 25 wins was possible for the Tigers’ right-hander. But in four starts since, Max Scherzer has lost twice and earned two no-decisions, failing to reach the 20-win threshold. As MLB Network’s Brian Kenny will be quick to point out, this by no means indicates that Scherzer has pitched poorly.

This afternoon, Scherzer held the Royals to one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 12 in seven innings of work. Scherzer left with a 2-1 lead. In the eighth against reliever Drew Smyly, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar doubled to lead off the inning, stole third with one out, then came around to score on a wild pitch to tie the game and take Scherzer out of the running for the W.

In the bottom of the eighth, Alex Avila smacked his 11th homer of the year to right-center, putting the Tigers up 3-2. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth to wrap up the victory, his 20th save of the year. Smyly got the win, bumping his record up to 6-0.

With the loss, the Royals drop to 78-71, 3.5 games behind the second AL Wild Card. The Tigers improve to 86-63, 5.5 games ahead of the second-place Indians in the AL Central.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Win or lose the Royals playing meaningful games in September is awesome!

  2. Minoring In Baseball - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Max pitched a solid game, though, and the team got the win which is the important thing. He’ll get his 20th, but I’m sure the team win means more to him at this point.

    http://minoringinbasebal.com/

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    /sobs

    • nickswishersneck - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Shows how meaningless the win statistic can be. Pitch poorly and you could still win, pitch great and you could get no decision or even lose. Still, I’d really like to see him get that 20th.

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