The strikeout moved Scherzer into sole possession of 27th place on the all-time strikeout list, passing Hall of Famer Warren Spahn in the process. An inning earlier, he passed Bob Feller - also in Cooperstown - when he notched No. 2,582.
Scherzer's reached his place on the list in just his 12th major-league season. He trails Tom Glavine (2,607), Chuck Finley (2,610), and David Cone (2,668) by less than 100 strikeouts apiece.
Barring injury, the three-time Cy Young winner should easily surpass them in 2019.
The 34-year-old has led the National League in strikeouts for three straight seasons, punching out exactly 300 in 2018 with a 12.2 K/9 and could repeat this feat again. Entering Friday, Mad Max had a K/9 of 12.3 through 14 starts.