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August 15, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 15, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
Max Scherzer last struck out at least 14 batters on May 20, 2012 and the Pirates were on the receiving end of his nastiness. In the intervening 28 months, only one pitcher—Yovani Gallardo on July 15, 2012—so thoroughly carved up the Bucs.

Yesterday, we found out that the Missourian’s assault on Pittsburgh two years ago was no fluke. Scherzer and the Pirates are simply a match made in strikeout heaven.

Gregory Polanco batted first and went down swinging. Travis Snider and Josh Harrison followed suit. And, as if striking out the side once weren’t enough, Scherzer did it again the very next inning, catching Ike Davis looking before making Pedro Alvarez and Jordy Mercer look foolish to strand Starling Marte, who had doubled.

Scherzer might have racked up three more Ks in the third inning, but the catchers conspired to deny him the opportunity. Chris Stewart led off with a single, but after Michael Martinez took strike three, Alex Avila gunned down his counterpart attempting to steal. Polanco whiffed again to end the inning.

The 30-year-old Tiger picked up one more strikeout in the fourth and added two in the fifth, running his total to 11. That’s nice and all, but it wasn't doing the home nine much good, because you can’t win if you don’t score.

Enter J.D. Martinez.

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