Two pitchers responsible for five combined Cy Young Awards took the mound on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
While Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer may not be in their prime (both are four years away from the last time they were voted the top pitcher in their respective leagues), success was still at a premium. , and there were puffs galore before the Yankees hit the Nationals’ reading pen for a 4-3 win in 11 innings.
“I didn’t like watching Scherzer so much because he was sort of going through us and he really had his A-stuff today. So it was tough, ”Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “But I thought Klu threw the ball really well again.
“Scherzer on the other side was a burden. It was heavy today, but we were able to hang around and find a way to win a baseball game, which is really cool.
The Yankees made sure Scherzer’s dominant outing was wasted, but not before he mowed them down for 14 strikeouts and gave up just two hits in 7 ¹ / ₃ innings. The three-time winner Cy Young set the record for strikeouts by an opposing pitcher at the new Yankee Stadium.
Kluber, the two-time winner of Cy Young, was not so sharp, but still managed his third straight outing, giving up just two runs in 5 ² / ₃ of innings in the no-decision.
“You are aware of this, especially when someone throws as well as [Scherzer] was today, ”Kluber said. “You are aware that the races are probably going to be at a premium. Not that it changes the way you launch, but you are aware of it. “
In his last three starts, Kluber has given up just three runs in 20 ¹ / ₃ innings, striking out 21 in the process.
Kluber got into trouble in the third inning on Saturday, charging up the goals with one out of three straight singles. He got a second out on a home strength play, but then rounded Juan Soto to walk in a race as the Nationals took a 1-0 lead.
The Nationals came to Kluber again in the sixth. Kyle Schwarber doubled up and Starlin Castro called with an RBI single to give Washington a 2-1 lead and kick Kluber out of the game.
“Overall I thought he threw the ball really well,” said Boone. “I thought he made adjustments as he went along. He did his job of keeping us there and giving us a chance to win this game.