Max Scherzer in Game 2 of the ALCS - photo from Detroit Free Press
(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Max Scherzer said he knew he was at his limit after seven innings. There was no way he was going to continue to pitch in the eighth inning, so any fan outrage about Tigers manager Jim Leyland taking him out of the game is misguided.
The Tigers had a 5-1 lead when Scherzer left.
The bullpen imploded in the eighth inning. David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam and the Tigers went on to lose, 6-5, on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's RBI single in the ninth inning off Rick Porcello in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
"I just knew I was at my limit," said Scherzer, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a one-out single to Shane Victorino, followed by an RBI double to Dustin Pedroia.
"You gotta be smart," said Scherzer, who allowed two hits, two walks and one earned run over seven innings with 13 strikeouts. "It's still early in the series. You gotta gauge your health. My health is important to the team. I had reached my pitch count limit."
Scherzer threw 106 pitches, 69 for strikes.
Scherzer said there was no discussion about him remaining in the game.
"I told them I was done," he said. "They wanted me done. They had it all lined up how they wanted to approach the eighth."
Scherzer said there was no way he was going to be able to pitch the eighth.
"I was done," he said. "You can write that. I was done. They wanted me done. I was not going out for the eighth inning."
Detroit Free Press