Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer left Friday’s game ahead of the San Francisco Giants after taking just 12 shots.
After the meeting, Scherzer said he felt pain in his groin. His health will be assessed daily.
Scherzer was able to force LaMonte Wade Jr. to compromise with a ball. He had a full count at Brandon Belt when manager Dave Martinez and coach Paul Lessard came out of the excavation to meet the 36-year-old shooter. Scherzer followed up with a warm-up shot, but quit later.
Scherzer is 5-4 this season despite an earned average of 2.22. He started the evening second in the National with 104 strikes.
The match ended 1-0 in favor of the Giants thanks to Buster Posey’s 11th home run in the fourth inning. Paolo Espino reluctantly made way for Scherzer on the pitch. On the giants’ side, Anthony DeSclafani threw a complete game for the closure. He recorded eight strikes in addition to allowing only two hits and a walk.