Max Scherzer is no stranger to the power Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is capable of putting behind his swing. Tuesday night, Scherzer got an up-close and almost too personal view of that power.
The Nationals’ starter faced Guerrero earlier this season and gave up a pair of home runs, both of which traveled over 410 feet. Scherzer got the chance at a rematch in the All-Star Game, where he started for the NL. Hitting second, Guerrero got a 2-1 fastball, took a hack and shot a 111-mph screamer right at Scherzer’s head.
Luckily, Scherzer ducked in time and second baseman Adam Frazier was able to field it cleanly. Though Guerrero was out, the liner was a stark reminder of just how hard he can hit. He did take the time to give Scherzer a hug and apologize on his way back to the dugout.
Playing in his eighth career All-Star Game, Scherzer set Shohei Ohtani, Guerrero and Xander Bogaerts down in order for a clean frame in his only inning of work.