How’s making a run at history for a first impression? Citi Field has seen plenty of Max Scherzer, but for the first time on Tuesday night, he took the mound there as a Met. The right-hander didn’t take long to get the crowd of 27,490 hanging on his every pitch.Scherzer flirted with throwing a no-hitter, recording two outs in the sixth inning before giving up his first and only hit of the game, and struck out 10 over seven innings to lead the Mets to a 3-1 win over the Giants on a cold night in Queens.
It completed a doubleheader sweep after Francisco Lindor secured his first walk-off as a Met for a 5-4 win in Game 1, improving Buck Showalter’s club to 9-3 with a strong start to a four-game series against the reigning NL West champs.
“Wild one tonight,” said Scherzer, who said his stuff felt worse than usual because of an inability to grip the ball in the cold. “Just the conditions we were playing in, the fans out here loving it and providing a good atmosphere for us to play in. For our team to go out there and respond, scratching runs across against [Giants starter Logan] Webb, provided me some breathing room to continue to operate.”