WASHINGTON – Max Scherzer delivered quickly, throwing five strikers to lead the Washington team over the Miami Marlins 3-1.
Then it was about more important issues.
Scherzer escaped from Nationals Park after a game that took just 2 hours and 37 minutes, rushing to be with his wife Erica for the birth of their third child on Sunday night.
“We knew we were getting into this. That’s why we tried to make it a quick game,” joked hunter Jan Gomez.
Scherzer (2-2) scored in the ninth inning before Isan Diaz took the lead.
The right-hander, who bounced off a minor outing against the Blue Jays, hit nine without a walk and hit the batter, throwing 106 pitches.
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It was the 12th full game of Scherzer’s career, to the applause of approximately 8,500 National Park fans when he came out to start the ninth, not knowing how special a day it was for Scherzer.
Ryan Zimmerman backed Scherzer with three Homer homers.
“It’s typical for him to do something great on an obviously interesting day,” Zimmerman said. “For him to finish the game and make the pitch the way he did today, and then go and give birth to a baby with his wife. Pretty cool day for him. We’re happy for him. He doesn’t stop surprising, I guess that’s the best way to say it. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.