Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was 1 strike away from a perfect game when on a 2-2 count threw inside on the pinch-hitter Jose Tabata.  The pitch hit Tabata on the elbow, but not without controversy.  On the pitch, Tabata seemed to lean into the pitch which wasn't very far off the inside of the plate.  There was no intent to get away from the pitch by Tabata which, by rule, would have made the ball dead and make the count full.  Nonetheless, Scherzer did go on to complete the no-hitter by getting Josh Harrison to fly out to left.

Was Scherzer robbed of a perfect game?  You be the judge.

Scherzer had 10 strikeouts in the no-hitter and has retired 54 of the last 57 batters he's faced with 26 strikeouts.  In his last outing against the Milwaukee Brewers, he struck out 16 hitters and gave up only one hit.

Scherzer threw the 6th no-hitter in franchise history and the second of the 2015 season.  The unfortunate news for Scherzer is that he now joins a list he wishes he wasn't a part of as he became the 13th starting pitcher to lose a perfect game with 2 outs in 9th inning.  He also became the first pitcher since George Wiltse in 1908 to lose a perfect game on a hit-by-pitch.

Scherzer's back-to-back dominance makes us wonder if he pitched the best consecutive starts in MLB history?  Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds throwing 18 innings with 0 hits, 11 walks, and 11 strikeouts.  Scherzer, on the other hand, threw 18 innings with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 26 strikeouts.

Was this the best consecutive pitching performance we have ever seen?


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