Wednesday night was absolutely wild for Dodgers fans at the Ravine. Playing the hated Astros, they finally got to see the fruits of Andrew Friedman’s trade deadline labor. And watching Max Scherzer make his debut was exhilarating.
Scherzer settled in and punched out 10 Astros batters through 7 innings of work. The Dodgers’ offense got going early and built him a lead to get him started, and Scherzer didn’t let the fans down.
It all culminated in a 7th inning strikeout of pinch-hitter Chas McCormick. Max jumped off the mound and pumped his fist as Dodgers fans went nuts. Scherzer would later come out of the dugout to give the fans what they wanted: a curtain call in his debut.
After the game, Max noted that it was the first one of his career.
The crowd was definitely into it and you can feed off of that and really get some adrenaline off of that. So to go out there and to pitch well, and to have the fans ask for a curtain call for me, I’ve never had that happen. So that’s really a cool moment and something that I’ll never forget.
For a guy with the career accolades of Max Scherzer, you would think that he had a few dozen curtain calls from fans. But Dodgers fans gave him the first one of his career at age 37. And it was the perfect way to cap off his night.
The Dodgers would go on to beat the Astros 7-5 and split the series. But getting Scherzer into the rotation meant everything to the fans in Los Angeles. Andrew Friedman might have found the guy that is going to carry them into October.