LOS ANGELES – Max Scherzer roared as he got on his 109th
Scherzer was welcomed back to the home bench by many high fives and smiles from his new teammates. As the cheer grew at the Chavez Ravine, Clayton Kershaw encouraged Scherzer to return to a well-deserved curtain. Scherzer signed up and sent the 52,724 fans into another turmoil.
It was Scherzer’s first taste of the Dodger Stadium audience as a member of the Dodgers, and it was even better than advertised. The future Hall of Famer allowed two runs and scored in the 7-5 win over the Astros on Wednesday 10th.
Scherzer had everything worked, throwing a glowing fastball and combining it with a curveball, changeup, slider and cutter combination. Of his 109 pitches, 73 were strikes, and he got 17 swings and misses.
He also wasted no time becoming a fan favorite, beating Jose Altuve on four fields to start the game. In fact, Scherzer Altuve hit three times on Wednesday, making it only the third thrower to accomplish the feat and the first since Zack Greinke in 2017.
Altuve wasn’t the only one to face Scherzer on Wednesday. After giving Michael Brantley a solo homer in the first, Scherzer quickly locked it back in and pulled back the next nine thugs he faced. He ended his night on a similar streak, retiring nine of the last eleven he faced.
With Scherzer busy on the hill, the Dodgers offense gave him plenty of running support, with four homers from opposing starter Jake Odorizzi, including two from Mookie Betts.