Scherzer falls just short of per­fect

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The way Max Scherzer was pitch­ing, the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers were go­ing to need a bit of luck to even man­age get­ting any­one on base. They got it — barely. Scherzer struck out a Na­tion­als-record 16 and threw a one-hit­ter, los­ing his per­fectgame bid on Car­los Gomez’s bro­ken-bat, bloop sin­gle in the sev­enth in­ning as Wash­ing­ton beat the Brew­ers, 4-0, Sun­day in Mil­wau­kee.

“I was able to ex­e­cute ev­ery pitch for the most part where I wanted to,” Scherzer said.

Gomez opened the sev­enth with a looper to shal­low right field that just fell inches be­yond the out­stretched glove of sec­ond base­man An­thony Ren­don. Gomez, in­deed, said he “got lucky” to get that hit off Scherzer.

“I wouldn’t imag­ine that that’s go­ing to be the last op­por­tu­nity that he’s go­ing to have to do some­thing spe­cial,” Na­tion­als Manager Matt Wil­liams said.

Scherzer watched the ball drop, then turned away.

“Why would I be dis­ap­pointed on a bro­ken-bat base hit? It takes luck to do that,” Scherzer said.

Scherzer set a ca­reer high for strike­outs and broke the Na­tion­als mark of 14 set by Stephen Stras­burg in his big league de­but in 2010. The fran­chise record of 18 was set by Bill Gul­lick­son in 1980 with Mon­treal — the Ex­pos moved to Wash­ing­ton for the 2005 sea­son. Prado has shoul­der sprain, is day to day

Miami Mar­lins third base­man Martin Prado left Sun­day’s game against Colorado in the first in­ning be­cause of a sprained right shoul­der af­ter he took a tum­ble try­ing to beat out a grounder.

Prado’s sta­tus is day to day, and he hopes to avoid a stint on the dis­abled list. Xrays were neg­a­tive, and he’ll be fur­ther eval­u­ated Mon­day.

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