Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win
(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- In baseball's modern era (since 1900), no starting pitcher had gone longer than Detroit's Max Scherzer before tossing their first complete game. On Thursday night that drought ended as the righty struck out eight batters and scattered three hits in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.
"I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it's good feeling," said Scherzer, who made his 179th career start on Thursday.
The Tigers (34-28) provided enough offense for the 2013 Cy Young winner. Victor Martinez put Detroit on top 1-0 in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera later drove in two runs with an infield single in the eighth before Bryan Holaday singled in another run.
It was billed as a matchup of aces with Scherzer dueling opposite Chicago's Chris Sale. Despite 10 strike outs from the White Sox (33-34) starter, his offense could do nothing against Scherzer.
"I was surprised when I found out that he had no complete games," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "But he wanted this one for sure. He was on his game tonight."
Scherzer turned in a much needed effort, giving up 20 runs in his last four starts. The six-year hurler tossed nine innings on other time in his career, a ten inning 2-1 loss to Minnesota in 2010.
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