First, Aníbal Sánchez threw at least five no-hit innings in Game 1. The next day, Max Scherzer did the same thing.
Before the 2019 NLCS, the pair were the only teammates to toss back-to-back starts of at least five no-hit innings in the postseason. Now, they're the only teammates to do it not just once, but twice, and on different teams at that.
Now with the Washington Nationals, Sánchez started Game 1 of the NLCS Friday, when he went 7 2/3 innings before a single from pinch-hitter Jose Martinez ended his bid for a no-hitter. But Sánchez's shutout remained intact as the Cardinals fell 2-0.
Then, on Saturday in Game 2 Scherzer tossed just over six innings before a single in the seventh broke up his own no-hitter. While he didn't get a shutout like Sánchez, he did hold off the Cardinals' scoring and enabled the Nationals to take the 2-0 series win with their 3-1 victory.
Six years ago, Sánchez threw six scoreless innings against the Red Sox in the Tigers' 1-0 shutout win in Game 1. Then, Scherzer pitched 5 2/3 scoreless before a single in the sixth hinted at the onslaught of hits to come, and the Tigers eventually lost 6-5. Scherzer lasted seven total innings and only allowed two hits and one earned run -- before the sixth the Tigers had been ahead 5-0.
Even the final results are similar, at least with regards to the Game 1 shutouts.
Oh, and Scherzer and Sánchez are also the only two pitchers in postseason history with multiple outings of one-or-fewer hits in at least six innings pitched.
Talk about symmetry...and a loaded starting rotation.
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Anbal Snchez, Max Scherzer make postseason history...again originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington