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Dodgers’ Scherzer Gets 3,000th Career Strikeout, Near Perfecto vs Padres

LOS ANGELES—Max Scherzer had been anticipating his 3,000th career strikeout. He had his family on hand, and Los Angeles Dodgers fans knew it was coming. As if that wasn’t enough history for one day, he nearly threw a perfect game, too. Scherzer got his milestone and took a perfect game into the eighth inning as the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 on Sept. 12 to complete a three-game sweep. “In the fifth or sixth, I realized I had something going there,” he said. “Once I was able to get through the sixth, I was like, ‘I got a chance to do this.’” Alas, it wasn’t to be. Scherzer retired his first 22 batters, including Fernando Tatis Jr. just before Eric Hosmer doubled to deep right with one out in the eighth. The crowd of 42,637, including his wife, three children and parents, saluted Scherzer with a standing ovation …

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