Earlier Tuesday night, Washington Nationals star pitcher Max Scherzer made his return to the mound for the first time since he suffered an injury in the first inning of the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants on June 11.
He was welcomed back to one of the MLB’s new rules and wasn’t thrilled with it. The MLB is cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances to control the ball. To enforce the new rules, umpires are checking pitchers in between innings to see if they’re using anything illegal.
After the first inning, Scherzer was stopped on his way off the mound. He was clearly not thrilled with needing to be inspected when he came off the bump.
In fact, Scherzer was checked three times on Tuesday night, the latest coming after Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi called for another check. After striking out a Phillies batter, Scherzer stared at Girardi as he walked off the mound, which prompted the manager to run onto the field.
Girardi was promptly ejected from the game as a result.
Not long later, Scherzer’s wife, Erica, took to Twitter to give her thoughts on tonight’s game.
“Trying to watch this game with two sick toddlers and a newborn…did I miss anything?” she asked.
Trying to watch this game with two sick toddlers and a newborn…did I miss anything? 😂
— Erica Scherzer (@emaysway) June 23, 2021
Erica has her hands full tonight as she watches her husband face off against the Phillies. Just over a month ago, she gave birth to their newest son, Derek – just after Max had finished a complete game.
Scherzer finished tonight with eight strikeouts in just five innings while allowing just one run.