Washington Nationals righthander Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter on Saturday, missing out on a perfect game by one batter when he hit Pittsburgh Pirates pinch hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch.
Scherzer, who improved to 8–5 after the Nationals’ 6–0 win, had set the Pirates down in order until Tabata came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Nationals Park. On a 2–2 count, Scherzer’s 86 MPH slider struck Tabata on his left elbow.
Scherzer forced Josh Harrison to fly out to centerfield in the next-at bat to secure the no-hitter, the second of the 2015 season after the San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston held the Mets hitless on June 9.
Scherzer finished with 10 strikeouts and zero walks. He last allowed a hit in the seventh inning of his last start on June 14, on a bloop single by Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez in a game at Milwaukee. That was the only hit he allowed that day.
- Mike Fiammetta