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Max Scherzer wins Pitcher of the Month for June

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The Nationals have been on a surge throughout June, and that's in large part due to Max Scherzer's dominating 6-0 record during that month.

For his efforts in June, Scherzer was named the National League's Pitcher of the Month, and some of his statistics are eye-popping.

Scherzer's strikeouts are what stands out the most. He became the only pitcher in Major League Baseball history (since 1908) to strike out at least 68 batters while issuing no more than five walks in a calendar month.

Additionally, he moved into the top 25 on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout list with 2,619 career strikeouts. 

That's not the only spot Scherzer has displayed his dominance. He joined pitching greats Pedro Martinez (Sept./Oct. 1999), Roger Clemens (Aug. 1998) and Randy Johnson (June 1997) to record a 1.00 ERA and 68 strikeouts in a calendar month.

And his performances have helped the Nats rocket up the standings, pulling them ahead of .500 at 43-41, and to third place in the NL East, just six games back of the division-leading Atlanta Braves.

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