Max Scherzer caps complete-game shutout with first career stolen base

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, not content with just another lights-out pitching performance, decided to add another weapon to his arsenal against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night — his blazing speed.

Scherzer singled to right field, leading off the top of the seventh inning with the Nationals holding a 2-0 lead. Then, with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman playing behind him and an 0-2 pitch to leadoff hitter Trea Turner, Scherzer took off and stole second base.

With the combination of Scherzer’s great jump and a low-outside pitch by Braves pitcher Peter Moylan, catcher Kurt Suzuki had no chance and never attempted a throw.

“Finally — I’ve been yelling at [previous managers] Matt Williams and Dusty Baker, ‘Let me go,'” said Scherzer, who said it was his first steal since high school. “There’s obviously situations where I can; I think I’m fast enough.

“If J-Dub [former teammate Jayson Werth] can steal a base, so can I.”

Nationals manager Dave Martinez, who presented Scherzer with the second-base bag as a memento after the game, said this was going to happen.

“We’ve talked about

Article source: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23096020/max-scherzer-washington-nationals-pitches-complete-game-shutout-stolen-base

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