Scherzer Was Almost Perfect

Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

The game belonged to the future Hall-of-Famer Max Scherzer as he led the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete their three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers shut out the Padres 8-to-0. Of course, the San Francisco Giants won, so the Dodgers remained 2½ games out of first place in the National League Western Division.

Max Scherzer just missed a perfect game when Eric Hosmer doubled with one out in the eighth inning. He had an immaculate inning in the second inning when he struck out the side on nine pitches. He became the nineteenth Major-League pitcher to collect 3,000 strikeouts. In his gem, Scherzer used all his pitches to baffle the Padres. He lowered his ERA to lead in the National League.

The Padres’ starter Blake Snell, who had been pitching well for the last month, injured his abductor with two outs. The Dodgers used three home runs by Corey Seager, Mookie Betts, and Justin Turner. Even Cody Bellinger had a double, his first hit in September.

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