Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 17 Mets hitters en route to his second no-hitter this year, becoming the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season since Nolan Ryan in 1973. He’s the first pitcher in MLB history to throw two no-hitters without giving up a walk in either game. As it happens, he was only one throwing error away from a perfect game.
Scherzer finished with 17 strikeouts against 24 batters faced, with nine of those punch-outs coming consecutively. The Nationals needed this type of performance, too, managing to only get two runs on the Mets.
It’s too bad the Nationals aren’t playing for anything but pride this late in the season but, hey, at least it’ll put a positive spotlight on the club after their recent Papelbon-Harper fiasco.