Top of the ninth, two outs, two strikes. Max Scherzer came as close as one can to perfection before he tossed a slider inside that grazed Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfielder Jose Tabata on the elbow.

Fortunately for the Nationals’ ace, he was able to complete the no-hitter, but the hit-by-pitch immediately sparked discussion around baseball. Did Tabata lean in to prevent Scherzer from becoming just the 24th man in the history of Major League Baseball to retire all 27 batters he faced? SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio was joined by Scherzer following the game, who surprisingly had no issues with Tabata’s lack of effort to avoid the 2-2 pitch.

“It was a slider that was in,” Scherzer said. “I kind of lost a little control over it, it backed up on me. I have no qualms about it whatever, that’s just baseball. He did what he needed to do. Kudos to him, actually.”

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