Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Harper homer, Scherzer no-no highlight double-header sweep

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Oct 3, 2015; Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Max Scherzer is Magnificent, Gio Gonzalez Is Pretty Good Too

Max Scherzer threw his second no-hitter of the season against the Mets in the second game of the double header. He became the sixth pitcher in Major League history to throw two no-hitters in the same season.

He now is the only pitcher in Major League history to pitch two nine inning complete games (that weren’t perfect games) without allowing a hit or a walk. That is incredible.

The Scherzer Nationals fans saw during the first half of the season showed up again for his last several starts this year. In his last start of the season, he carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. His perfecto bid was ruined by a throwing error by Yunel Escobar.

Scherzer struck out seventeen. He walked none. He was absolutely dominant. He struck out nine of the last 10 batters he faced in the game.

What is it about the Nationals pitchers throwing no-hitters at the end of the season? Last year it was Jordan Zimmermann throwing the first no-hitter in Nats history in the last game of the season. Now in the next to last game of the season, Scherzer throws one as well. Perhaps Stephen Strasburg will get his next year.

This was the first Nationals no-hitter on the road. The Nats should invite Jerry Seinfeld to come to every game next year. He was in the house for the no-hitter. Perhaps he could be the Nats’ good luck charm.

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Not to be forgotten in the excitement over Scherzer’s last start was the great job Gio Gonzalez did in the first game. Gio went six innings and gave up no runs. He was in line for the win until the bullpen blew the one run lead in the seventh inning.

Gonzalez had one inning when he got himself into trouble, walking three batters to load the bases, but he got out of the jam without giving up a run.

The bar is set pretty high for Tanner Roark, who has to start the last game of the season tomorrow against the Mets.

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