Nationals’ Max Scherzer says he’s unfazed after being lit up by Reds

For the first time in a while, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was lit up on Tuesday and was chased out of the game before the end of the fifth inning for the first time this season.

In his second consecutive loss, Scherzer was knocked around for seven hits and five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings while matching a season-low four strikeouts.

"I’ve had stinkers before," Scherzer said after the Nationals’ 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. "This is part of the deal, part of the gig. I don’t get fazed by them anymore. I still feel like I’m throwing the ball well."

Scherzer has surrendered five earned runs once before this season in a May 6 start against the Miami Marlins in which he gave up 10 hits.

He managed to win that game in May, but the Nats couldn’t overcome a dominant performance from Johnny Cueto and were blanked on Tuesday, marking the second straight start Scherzer has failed to break into double-digit wins.

"Can’t put a finger on it," Scherzer said of his rocky outing. "I just think it’s one of those things. It just happens. When it happens, just move on. If it happens again next start, where I don’t feel like I have location or can execute pitches, then I’ll start critiquing it and trying to figure out why. I just think it’s one of those days you go out there and it’s not very good."

(h/t Washington Post)