Dodgers' Max Scherzer on early exit from Game 2 of NLCS: 'I'm just tired'

The former Cy Young Award-winner allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven batters over 4.1 innings of work.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 17: Manager Dave Roberts takes Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the game against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 17: Manager Dave Roberts takes Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the game against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. ((Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images))

Scherzer, who only threw 79 pitches, said that his arm “was dead.”

“I could tell when I was warming up that it was still tired,” Scherzer said after the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves, via Dodger Blue 1958. “I wasn’t going to be able to get truly deep into a game, and I wasn’t going to be able to get to that 95, 100-pitch count. I knew it was going to be sooner than that.”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 17:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 17:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. ((Photo by Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images))

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Scherzer left the game after he allowed a runner on base. Left-hander Alex Vesia replaced him and got out of the fifth with no further damage. Scherzer said that he left the game strictly because of fatigue.

“I’m not dealing with any red-flag injuries,” Scherzer said, via the Orange County Register. “I’m just tired.”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 17:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tosses the ball in the air in between pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 17:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tosses the ball in the air in between pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. ((Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images))

However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts praised Scherzer for his pitching.

“After that fourth inning, he said he was starting to feel it a little bit,” Roberts told reporters. “So that’s why going into that fifth inning, it was going to be a short leash, and when I took the ball, he said, ‘I gave it all I had,’ and that’s what you want from a player.”

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