In other words, Scherzer played as expected.
Scherzer pitched seven innings in which he allowed two runs to the Houston Astros’ powerful offense, five hits with a walk to help the Dodgers beat a team battered 7-5 by most Los Angeles fans.
Faced with an electric, hostile crowd that filled Dodger Stadium, Scherzer allowed a home run in the first inning of Michael Brantley, but he quickly recovered and retired the next nine batters in order. He started the seventh inning with 89 pitches and walked to Kyle tucker, but he recovered to withdraw the Dominican Robel Garcia already Jason castro.
The flaming Los Angeles starter 109th shot was a 96-mile fastball that sent Chase McCormick swinging to end the top of the episode and cause 52,274 fans to rise to fire him with a standing ovation that sent Scherzer out of the box. dugout to say hi.
The 37-year-old Scherzer had Houston hitters miss 10 swings on his fastball, which averaged 95.2 miles, his highest average speed on the fastball this season, and posted the 102nd game of his career with at least 10. strikeouts, the fifth-highest total in Major League history. His ERA is now 2.75 in 118 innings in 2021.
An entry after Scherzer left the game, Joe Kelly, who got in the middle of the rivalry between the Dodgers and Astros to throw last year near the head to Carlos Correa, caused Altuve to strike out for the fourth time to delight the Los Angeles fans. It’s just the second game with four chocolates in Altuve’s 11-year career.
Quickly, the Astros cut their deficit on the board in half in the ninth inning against the Dodgers closer. Kenley jansen with a two-run homer from Kyle Tucker, but Jansen came back to retire Garcia, Castro already Jake meyers, who pinch-hitting, to give the Dodgers their 65th win of the season.
Astros and Dodgers split the current season’s four-game series and Los Angeles won the sum of runs by three.