WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer dominated the Orioles in Thursday’s 4-0 Nationals win, but was peeved by the noise surrounding him in the latter innings.
Scherzer pitched eight assertive innings of two-hit shutout baseball before leaving the ball to Mark Melancon, who earned his 36th save of the season after allowing only a hit in the ninth. It was a welcomed quick night for their already taxed bullpen.
The near-sellout Nationals Park crowd — of 39,722 — was a half-and-half mix of Nationals and Orioles fans and, coming from someone who was sitting in the stands, fans of the latter were noticeably loud throughout the game, particularly so in those critical latter innings.
“That really ticked me off — in our own park,” Scherzer told The Post afterwards.
Asked on 106.7 The Fan Friday if the opposing crowd was abnormally louder than in a typical Nats home game, Scherzer expounded on his previous thoughts, saying Orioles fans were so loud, he actually felt energized when he emptied the tank in the eighth.
“No, it was just one of those things,” Scherzer told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. “It was the eighth inning and we were winning the ball game, I just remember hearing the Orioles fans. I mean they’re obviously going to be there, it’s a great rivalry, but I just felt like it got really loud considering the situation. To have that many Os fans cheering at that point in time, man, I didn’t like that — I’m not going to lie.”
“I mean, when you’re at your home park, you want your home fans cheering for you, not the opposing fans,” he said. “So when I heard that, that definitely ticked me off and I definitely wanted to do something about that. That put the full adrenaline in.”