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PHOTOS: Mets ace Scherzer pitches to sold-out crowd at Dunkin' Donuts Park

Hartford Yard Goats vs Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Joe Amon
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Connecticut Public
New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer takes the field to warm up for his second rehab start with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut, June 29, 2022.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner, eight-time All-Star and 2019 World Series champion Max Scherzer played to a sold-out crowd in Hartford Wednesday night.

Scherzer, on a rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Class AA affiliate of the New York Mets, has been out of the majors since May due to an oblique strain.

The 37-year-old Mets pitcher delivered balls in the mid- to high 90 mph range for 4 2/3 innings, garnering eight strikeouts. Scherzer held the Yard Goats scoreless until the fourth inning.

An error and his lone walk during his stint turned into two runs on a double by Hartford infielder Aaron Schunk. Outfielder Brenton Doyle drove in Schunk with a single to give the Yard Goats the lead and their only three scores of the game — they lost 7-3.

“I’m good to go," Scherzer said.

With eight innings pitched, he ends his time with Binghamton carrying 14 strikeouts since pulling himself out of an MLB game against the St. Louis Cardinals in May.

“I knew I had more in the tank tonight, so I knew I was gonna feel good,” Scherzer said. “Just try to work and work the sequences and work the pitches, get in the attack.”

Heading back to the Mets for his place in the rotation, he said: “You got to be careful with this as you’re working your way back on this injury, specifically of not going too far beyond where you were previously.”

He’s excited to get back to the team, join them officially and get things going. His next start will be in five days.

See more photos from the game below.

Joe Amon is a Visuals Editor II with Connecticut Public’s Visuals department. As a photojournalist he has covered breaking news, sports and long form storytelling across the United States.
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