Washington Nationals News: Saturday’s no-hitter a historic feat for Max Scherzer, Wilson Ramos
Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. As the Nationals take on the Mets in their final game of the season, get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the historical implications of yesterday’s no-hitter from Nationals starter Max Scherzer. As Ladson notes, the no-no was Scherzer’s second of the season, as the right-hander becomes the sixth player in the history of the game to throw two no-hitters in the same season.
The elite company that Scherzer joined yesterday includes the likes of Nolan Ryan and Roy Halladay, among others. Scherzer also becomes the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season since Ryan did it in 1973 (Halladay’s double no-no in 2010 included one in the postseason).
Scherzer also logged an incredible 17 strikeouts, which ties Ryan for the most strikeouts thrown in a no-hitter. Scherzer’s 17 strikeouts also sets a new Nationals record for most strikeouts in a game.
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Also in today’s Daily, James Wagner of the Washington Post discusses yet another historical aspect of the no-hitter. This one, however, belongs to Wilson Ramos.
With the no-hitter, the Nationals’ catcher has now caught three no-hitters in his career, which is just one shy of the record (4) held by former Redsox catcher Jason Varitek and Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. Ramos has caught all three of the Nationals’ no-hitters, starting with Jordan Zimmermann‘s no-no on the last day of the regular season in 2014, and the two by Scherzer this season.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Scherzer joins elite club with 2nd no-hitter of 2015
NEW YORK — After pitching his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Mets on Saturday night, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was speechless when he found out what he had accomplished.
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season. Roy Halladay (2010, including one in the postseason), Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (’51) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938) are the others.
Scherzer had a total of 17 strikeouts, a new Nationals record. Scherzer’s 17 strikeouts tied Ryan for the most in any no-hitter and set the record for the most strikeouts in a no-hit, no-walk game. Read full article here.
Wilson Ramos on the receiving end of his third Nationals no-hitter
(James Wagner, Washington Post)
NEW YORK — Max Scherzer will receive plenty of well-earned praise for his second no-hitter of the season, a 17-strikeout performance against the New York Mets that fell a Yunel Escobar throwing error short of a perfect game. But look back at the three no-hitters in Washington Nationals history, including Jordan Zimmermann’s on the final day of the 2014 regular season, and there is one common thread.
Over the past year, Ramos has been behind the plate for all 27 innings of those no-hitters, including Scherzer’s two this year. With Saturday’s game, Ramos moved into the history books. The record for no-hitters caught by a catcher is four, shared by Jason Varitek of the Boston Red Sox and Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies. Read full article here.
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