Saturday, July 13, 2013

Texas Rangers Hand Detroit's Max Scherzer First Loss of the Season

Eventually all good things must come to an end, right? If you need proof just ask Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer. It's been nine months since he last lost a game.

Yeah, that's right. I used the past tense.

It's been a heck of season for Scherzer this year--13-0 record and a 3.06 ERA. While Tigers fans were likely dreaming that he would manage to go undefeated, the sad truth is that someone, someday would beat him.

That day was Saturday and it came courtesy of Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers.

Holland scatted five hits and five walks over seven innings while striking out seven and allowing one run to lead the Rangers to a 7-1 win. The victory stopped a three game skid where the offense appeared to forget how to hit, scoring a total of just four runs in all three games.

For Holland it was the third win in his last four starts and could not come at a better time with the rotation beat up by injuries and the youngsters starting to struggle. After going into May with a 2.28 ERA Justin Grimm has seen it skyrocket to 6.37. Nick Tepesch has seen his grow from 2.53 at the end of April to 4.85 and is currently on the DL.

I have to give Scherzer a lot of credit. He handled the loss with a lot of class and humility:
''I threw some good pitches, they hit it. I threw some bad pitches, they hit it even farther. It's a loss. That's what happens when you don't quite pitch as well.''
Heck, 13-1 is still pretty awesome anyway.

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