Scherzer joins elite company with 300th strikeout
1:33 AM ET
WASHINGTON — Chalk up another milestone for Max Scherzer.
The Washington Nationals ace recorded his 300th strikeout of the season Tuesday night. The landmark whiff came in the top of the seventh inning, when Scherzer got Miami Marlins rookie Austin Dean swinging on a 3-2 slider for the second out.
Prior to ringing up Dean on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Scherzer threw four consecutive fastballs, each of which the Miami left fielder fouled off. After every offering, the boisterous fans at Nationals Park, which included Scherzer’s wife, Erica, grew louder, chanting, “Let’s go, Max!” When Dean finally struck out, Scherzer smacked his glove in excitement and waved as the crowd of 26,483 gave him a prolonged standing ovation.
“I definitely wanted to do it here at home,” said Scherzer, who is scheduled to make his final start Sunday, when Washington wraps up the season at the Colorado Rockies. “The fans, unbelievable support. When they’re standing on their feet, going crazy, it just gives you an extra adrenaline boost, and you just want to go out there and accomplish that. It was an amazing feeling to have the fans behind you and the respect that