Nationals' Max Scherzer notches 2,000 career strikeouts

Sunday should have been a normal afternoon of baseball at Nationals Park.

Instead, in just four innings, Max Scherzer warped it into something more.

The Washington Nationals right-hander struck out Texas Rangers left fielder Nomar Mazara for the first out of the fourth inning to become the third-fastest pitcher in terms of innings pitched to hit the 2,000-strikeout mark. It was Scherzer's fifth strikeout of the game.

Scherzer reached the milestone in 1,784 total innings, placing him behind Pedro Martinez (1,711 IP) and Randy Johnson (1,733 1/3 IP) as the quickest to accomplish the feat. Scherzer also reached the mark in his 287th career game. According to MLB.com, that is tied with Nolan Ryan and behind Johnson and Clayton Kershaw, who reached 2,000 strikeouts two days ago, for the third-fastest in terms of games played.

The milestone comes during what has been a dominant stretch for Scherzer. The Washington hurler had struck out 38 and maintained a 0.73 ERA over 24.2 innings entering Sunday’s contest, and is showing no signs of slowing down – allowing only one run through four innings after Shin-Soo Choo homered.

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