When Max Scherzer takes the mound every fifth day it seems like he almost never wants to come out of the game.
That proved evident during Sunday afternoon’s ball game in Cincinnati when Manager Dave Martinez visited Max with two outs in the eighth protecting a three-run lead.
Scherzer was dominant once again on Sunday striking out 15 and giving up one run over his eight innings pitched.
The most jaw-dropping moment took place when Max yelled at Martinez to keep him in the ball game to face the always dangerous Joey Votto. To this point Scherzer had already throw 117 pitches but made it clear that he wanted Votto when he shouted “NO!” when Martinez thought about pulling Scherzer for a relief pitcher.
Mad Max was in full display during Votto’s at-bat striking him out looking in three pitches.
Martinez told reporters that he and Scherzer exchanged “non professional” words during the mound visit.
“I got to hear it from him. He’s got a lot of pitches, and I just want to hear that from him,” Martinez told reporters. “We exchanged some nonprofessional words, but it was good to hear that he wanted Votto.”
The Nationals still sit in fourth place in the standings but gained ground on the division leading Phillies during the weekend series with the Reds and now only sit seven games back of first place.