Did you know: Scherzer's historic no-hitter
Max Scherzer had what may go down as one of the greatest pitching performances of all-time on Saturday, pitching his second no-hitter this season in a 2-0 win over the Mets.
Scherzer was nearly perfect. He struck out 17, and the lone baserunner came on a throwing error in the sixth. It's the seventh no-no in Nationals franchise history, coming just a few months after Scherzer recorded No. 6, no-hitting the Pirates on June 20.
The following is a list of 13 facts and pieces of trivia surrounding Scherzer's historic night:
• Scherzer compiled a 104 game score, the highest for a no-hitter in baseball history and the second-highest all-time for a nine-inning game. Kerry Wood is first with a 105 score in his one-hit, 20-strikeout game on May 6, 1998.
• Scherzer joins Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with triple-digit, nine-inning game scores in multiple outings. Scherzer had a score of 100 in his first no-hitter earlier this season. Ryan is the only pitcher to reach 100 three times in his career, while Scherzer is the first to do it twice in a single season.
• This was the seventh no-hitter in 2015, equaling the most in a single season in Major League history, tying 1990, 1991 and 2012. The other pitchers to throw a no-hitter were Chris Heston (June 9), Cole Hamels (July 25), Hisashi Iwakuma (Aug. 12), Mike Fiers (Aug. 21) and Jake Arrieta (Aug. 30).
• With 17 strikeouts, Scherzer tied the record for most in a no-hitter, equaling Ryan's total from July 15, 1973. Scherzer also broke the record for most strikeouts in a no-hitter with no walks, set at 15 by Clayton Kershaw last year.
• Scherzer and the Mets' pitchers -- Matt Harvey, Hansel Robles, Erik Goeddel and Carlos Torres -- combined to strike out 35 batters Saturday, setting the record for most in a nine-inning game. The previous high was 31, set by the Rangers and Mariners on July 13, 1997. In the NL, it was 30 between the Astros and Cubs on June 6, 1998.
• This was the eighth no-hitter pitched against the Mets in the club's history. It's also the third at Citi Field since the ballpark opened its doors in 2009. The most recent one came earlier this year when San Francisco's Heston no-hit the Mets on June 9. The first was New York's Johan Santana on June 1, 2012.
• The Mets are the fourth team in MLB history to be no-hit twice at home in a single season, joining the 2001 Padres, 1973 Tigers and '71 Reds.
• Scherzer is now the 30th Major League pitcher to record multiple no-hitters in his career and is the second in franchise history to do so. Bill Stoneman pitched two for the Montreal Expos in 1969 and '72. His no-hitter in '72 also came against the Mets.
• Scherzer is also the sixth pitcher with two no-hitters in the same year, joining Roy Halladay (2010), Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks ('52), Allie Reynolds ('51) and Johnny Vander Meer ('38). One of Halladay's no-hitters came in the playoffs, making Scherzer the first to do it in the regular season since Ryan in 1973.
• There have only been three no-hitters recorded later than Oct. 2, and two were in the playoffs. In total, this is the sixth October no-hitter in MLB history, the latest being Bumper Jones' on Oct. 15, 1892.
• This is the second time a Nationals' pitcher has tossed a no-hitter in the final days of the regular season in as many years. Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins in Game 162 last season.
• Wilson Ramos has now been behind the plate for three no-hitters -- Scherzer's two this year and Zimmermann's last season. He's the 14th catcher since 1914 to catch three or more no-hitters, according to STATS LLC. Carlos Ruiz and Jason Varitek hold the record at four, with Ruiz's total including Halladay's no-no in the 2010 postseason.
• Scherzer continued the trend of National League pitchers contributing offensively in their no-hitters. Each of the last seven in NL ballparks have now seen the starting pitcher record at least one base hit.