Max Scherzer has completed many issues throughout his 14-year main league profession, nevertheless it wasn’t till his first begin for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night time that he received to take pleasure in this explicit expertise:
A seventh-inning curtain name.
After Scherzer struck out Chas McCormick to finish the Houston seventh, the 52,724 followers at Dodger Stadium gave the right-hander a standing ovation. Scherzer tipped his cap as he went into the dugout however got here again out after Clayton Kershaw advised him to go salute the followers once more.
The curtain name capped a profitable debut for Scherzer, who struck out 10 in a 7-5 victory over the Astros. The Dodgers offered Scherzer with loads of offensive assist with 4 house runs to get a cut up and cap a contentious two-game sequence.
“That was a cool second and one thing I’ll always remember,” Scherzer mentioned. “The followers tonight had been nice. When it’s going nuts you may feed off it.”
Scherzer (9-4) tied a season excessive with 109 pitches, permitting two runs and 5 hits with a stroll.
The Dodger trustworthy roared with delight as Scherzer, acquired in a blockbuster commerce with Washington final Friday, struck out José Altuve thrice. The three-time Cy Younger Award winner additionally received Carlos Correa to chase a slider for the primary out of the sixth inning.
The big crowd was boisterous once more. The sequence marked the primary likelihood for Dodgers followers to unload on the Astros in particular person since their sign-stealing scandal was revealed late in 2019. Houston beat LA within the 2017 World Collection, successful Recreation 7 at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles supervisor Dave Roberts thought the opponent was a superb one for Scherzer’s debut.
“The stage isn’t too large for him. I simply anticipated him to exit and pitch properly,” Roberts mentioned. “You’ll be able to see the elation from the dugout and the finality within the seventh inning. It’s what everybody wished for tonight and I am completely happy it performed out as such.”
Scherzer, Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen mixed for 15 strikeouts. Jansen allowed a two-run homer to Kyle Tucker within the ninth however fanned pinch-hitter Jake Meyers to finish the sport.
Altuve struck out 4 occasions, matching a profession excessive.
Scherzer threw 73 strikes and mentioned his finest pitch of the night time was his curveball, which is often his least efficient.
“That was a high-adrenaline begin. The offense went off, which allowed me to assault the hitters and stay aggressive within the strike zone,” mentioned Scherzer, who’s 5-0 in his final 9 begins. “After I can pitch with the curveball like that, it permits me to play up the opposite pitches extra.”
Mookie Betts homered twice, whereas Will Smith and AJ Pollock additionally went deep off Astros starter Jake Odorizzi (4-6).
Michael Brantley, Correa and Tucker linked for Houston. It was the third sport at Dodger Stadium since July 10 with seven or extra house runs.
“They jumped us early. When Scherzer will get a lead like that he can calm down and throw any pitch at any time. His command is fairly good,” Astros supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned.
After Altuve struck out within the first, Brantley despatched a 1-1 fastball deep to proper for his seventh homer. It was the nineteenth allowed by Scherzer this season and fourth that got here within the first inning.
Correa adopted with a single earlier than Scherzer retired the subsequent 9 Houston hitters.
The Dodgers had been held to 5 hits in Tuesday night time’s 3-0 loss however broke by means of early towards Odorizzi with 4 runs within the first. Betts linked on a slider and put it over the wall in heart to tie it at 1.
Max Muncy drew a stroll and superior to second with one out when Altuve’s throw on Corey Seager’s grounder pulled Correa off the bag at second for an error. With runners on first and second, Smith made the Astros pay for the error with a three-run homer to right-center.
Betts’ solo shot to left within the second gave him his first multi-homer sport of the season. Within the third inning, Pollock prolonged his hitting streak to a career-high 13 video games with a two-run drive into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left subject to make it 7-1.
Odorizzi — who allowed 4 homers in a sport for the second time in his 10-year profession — went solely three innings and allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) on six hits and two walks.
“For the reason that All-Star break my mechanics have been (poor). My fastball has been flat,” Odorizzi mentioned. “There are a number of issues I’m engaged on between outings, however then I’m reverting again to unhealthy type.”
Houston’s different runs got here on Tucker’s RBI single within the fourth and a solo homer by Correa within the eighth.
Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel was out of the lineup for the second straight day attributable to neck stiffness. … 3B Alex Bregman (left quad pressure) is anticipated to wish at the least a pair extra rehab video games at Triple-A Sugar Land earlier than being activated.
Dodgers: RHP Jimmy Nelson was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist for the third time this season with proper elbow irritation. LHP Darien Núñez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis to fill the spot.
Astros: Start a six-game homestand Thursday towards Minnesota with LHP Framber Valdez (7-2, 3.01 ERA) on the mound. Valdez has received his final two begins and might be opposed by RHP Griffin Jax (1-1, 6.41).
Dodgers: Have an off day Thursday earlier than dealing with the Angels on Friday within the second half of this season’s Freeway Collection. LHP David Worth (4-1, 3.55 ERA) will get the decision towards LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-5, 3.38).