Maximus: You would fight me?

Commodus: Why not? Do you think I am afraid?

Maximus: I think you’ve been afraid all your life.
Tigris: We who are about to die, salute you!

As much as the phrase has been derided on this site, absolutely this game was a “tip your hat” to Max Scherzer kind of game.

Most of the time when you watch a Major League baseball game, at some point in the game you see something so magnificent it astounds you. Saturday it was Ozzie Albies catch. Sunday it was Charlie Culberson diving into the stands and making the play. When your team does that, a lot of times it wins. When the other team does that, a lot of times they win.

Such a moment occurred with Ender Inciarte leading off the 4th inning. First, if your leadoff hitter is batting for the second time leading off the 4th, you know it hasn’t been a good offensive night. Ender stakes the count to 3 balls and 2 strikes. Then, Scherzer throws one at Ender’s right knee. C. B. Bucknor called it a strike and Ender was livid. Well, despite C. B’s penchant for bizarre ball / strike calls, “FoxTrax” showed it clearly hit the inside edge of the strike zone. From the centerfield camera, that fastball rode arm side probably 8 inches total. Ender was protesting the impossibility of such a thing. On this night, Maximus was that effective.

In the first inning the gNats got 2 and otherwise Julio Teheran pitched fairly well. Probably number 3 starter good. Maximus pitched like the greatest of the gladiators.

All hail the Spaniard. All hail Maximus.