Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer completed his second no-hitter of 2015 on Saturday night, striking out 17 in a 2-0 victory against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Scherzer is the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season, and the fifth to do it in major-league history. Scherzer's 17 strikeouts were a career high and tied Ryan's record for a no-no (which Ryan also accomplished with his second one of '73).

It is the seventh no-hitter of 2015 overall, following Chris Heston of the Giants, Cole Hamels of the Phillies, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, Mike Fiers of the Astros, Jake Arrieta of the Cubs, and Scherzer himself.

Scherzer was asked by the Mets broadcasters during a postgame interview if he could comprehend what it means to throw two no-hitters in the same season:

"No, not right now," Scherzer said with a laugh. "I'm having too much fun. I know these things are special, and to be able to do it twice in one season, my gosh, it doesn't even seem possible." 

Scherzer allowed no walks and would have been perfect except for an error made by third baseman Yunel Escobar on a routine throw to first base in the sixth inning.

(How does that play not get made?)

Scherzer struck out nine of his final 10 batters, with Curtis Granderson ending the ninth inning on an infield popup. Tom Seaver owns the major-league record, striking out 10 batters in a row -- again, that's the most consecutive K's at any point in a game in history, and Seaver did it to finish a 19-strikeout performance. And Scherzer nearly tied him.

Scherzer needed just 109 pitches to complete the game.

If there was one moment in which Scherzer's dominance was most obvious, it was a strikeout of Yoenis Cespedes to start the ninth:

Come the sixth or seventh inning, it certainly looked like Scherzer was going to throw a no-hitter. When he whiffed Cespedes on high 96 mph cheese to start the ninth, there should have been no doubts at all that he was going to complete it.

Here's a video of Scherzer's other whiffs for you to enjoy:

Scherzer also threw a no-hitter against the Pirates in June, missing a perfect game by hitting a batter in the ninth inning. Two no-hitters -- two near-perfectos -- against two playoff teams. 

The other pitchers to throw two no-no's in the same season: Johnny Vander Meer in 1938, of course, who is the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts; Allie Reynolds in 1951 and Virgil Trucks in 1952 also threw two no-hitters in the same season.

It also should be noted that Roy Halladay of the Phillies threw a perfect game in the 2010 regular season and followed up with a no-hitter in the playoffs.

Against the Mets, Scherzer's mound opponent was Matt Harvey, who struck out 11 in six innings of one-run (unearned), four hit ball. Mets pitchers, in total, struck out more than Scherzer. So they have that going for themselves.

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Max Scherzer made history Saturday night. (USATSI)