Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young award winner and one of the best pitchers in professional baseball.
When Scherzer left the Tigers to join the Nationals, a new opportunity became available: Hitting.
Entering Tuesday night against the Marlins, Scherzer had 261 career at-bats with no home runs.
That all changed.
After squaring up to bunt, Scherzer took Marlins pitcher Chris O'Grady deep to left field. And BOY do we mean deep.
Max Scherzer shows bunt...then hits 3 run bomb. First major league home run. pic.twitter.com/ffpWGq8lIw— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) August 1, 2017
The three-run home run was Scherzer's first as a professional and gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead. Howie Kendrick, the newest Nationals player, hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the Nationals a 6-0 lead.
But Scherzer's night ended early, as Scherzer was pulled from the game in the second inning with arm pain.
And just like that, Max Scherzer exits the game. pic.twitter.com/WgAa0T0s0L— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) August 1, 2017
Scherzer took the mound to take warmup pitches before the bottom of the second inning and after taking a few pitches, gestured to skipper Dusty Baker and told him "no go."
A six-run second inning that featured a pitcher's first-career HR, the newest player going yard, and the very same pitcher getting injured.
All in a days work.