WASHINGTON — In the first inning of the win-or-go-home Game 5 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Scherzer did something that no other starter had managed in the series: get a clean first inning.
Each pitcher, including Scherzer in Game 1, failed in that regard, giving up some sort of blemish. But Scherzer relied on his defense to get the job done, testing the centerfield prowess of former infielder Trea Turner on the first at-bat.
Turner, for his part, made it look easy:
Keep in mind that tonight is Turner’s 50th game in centerfield at the Major League level. He played centerfield in the minor leagues just a handful of times before sticking with the parent club this summer.
Scherzer got through the rest of the inning with just 16 pitches, pumping his fastball as fast as 98 m.p.h. As of the time of posting, he has two perfect innings under his belt with a strikeout, throwing only 30 pitches.