Max Scherzer may be signed for $210 million to take the mound every fifth day, but he takes his hitting duties seriously as a National League pitcher.
The Nats' ace picked up an opposite-field single in the fifth off Braves reliever Chad Sobotka, and Freddie Freeman didn't cover first base to prevent him from taking a big lead. Scherzer took full advantage, swiping second for the third stolen base of his career-and second of the season.
Scherzer is now 3-for-3 in his career, making him one of 94 players in MLB history who's swiped at least three bags and never been thrown out. His first stolen base, which happened back in 2018, came off now-Nationals teammate Kurt Suzuki.
He also tossed 98 pitches in the contest, allowing one run on two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts across six innings of work. It's the most pitches he's thrown in a start since July 6.
Washington has been easing Scherzer back into his regular workload since activating him off the Injured List on Aug. 22. Between his strong performances both on the mound and the basepaths, Scherzer is showing all signs of rounding back into form.
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Professional baserunner Max Scherzer picks up second stolen base of season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington