Missouri-native and former Mizzou standout Max Scherzer has 20 Ks, ties MLB record as Nats top Tigers 3-2

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals has gum thrown at him during an interview with Dan Kolko after tying the MLB record for strikeouts in a game with 20 against the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park on May 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON  — Missouri-native and former Mizzou standout Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters, matching the major league record for a nine-inning game as he pitched the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Scherzer had a chance to break the mark when James McCann stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning. McCann, who whiffed his previous three times up, grounded to third for the final out.

The astounding performance came in Scherzer’s first outing against the Tigers, his former team. The right-hander, who pitched two no-hitters last season and struck out 17 in the second one, joined Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as the only big league pitchers to compile 20 strikeouts in nine innings.

“Wow! Unreal adrenaline flow going out there for the 9th and staring down the middle of that lineup in that situation,” Scherzer tweeted following the game.

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