ANNAPOLIS, MD: In front of a crowd of around 1,030 Midshipmen in a windy and chilly Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, MD, the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox played to a 4-4 tie this afternoon in the Naval Academy Baseball Classic.
Max Scherzer gave up six hits and two earned runs in five innings and Trea Turner led the way on offense, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored on the day, but the Red Sox scored two runs late to tie things up at 4-4 with the tying run scoring in the ninth in Blake Treinen’s first appearance since being named the Nationals’ closer.
It was the first such exhibition held in Max Bishop Stadium, named after the head coach of the Navy Baseball program from 1938-1961, Max Frederick Bishop (1899-1962), who led the Midshipmen to three league titles, two NCAA Tournament berths and a 306-145-8 record overall in his 24 seasons on the bench.
Bishop’s time as the Navy’s manager followed a 12-year playing career in the majors with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox.
Here’s how it happened:
• Jayson Werth took a bases-loaded walk (the third straight free pass) from Red Sox’ lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, forcing in the first run on the game with one down in the bottom of the first inning, 1-0.
Adam Eaton followed with a sac fly to left that made it 2-0 when Bryce Harper (who walked as well) tagged and scored from third.
• Hanley Ramirez (single) and Pablo Sandoval (double) connected for back-to-back hits off Max Scherzer in the first two at bats of the Red Sox’ second, and Ramirez scored on a groundout to second by Jackie Bradley, Jr. that cut the Nationals’ lead in half, 2-1.
Sandoval scored from third on a soft liner to right by catcher Christian Vazquez, 2-2.
• Max Scherzer was up to 67 pitches after he worked around a one-out double by Andrew Benintendi in the third.
• Scherzer retired the Red Sox in order in the top of the fourth and worked around leadoff and two-out singles in the fifth to keep it tied up at 2-2.
• Max Scherzer’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 91 P, 4/3 GO/FO.
• Trea Turner and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back, one-out singles off Red Sox’ lefty Robbie Ross, Jr. in the bottom of the fifth and Turner scored from second on a line drive double to right by Bryce Harper, 3-2.
Ryan Zimmerman stepped in with runners on second and third against right-hander Austin Maddox and walked to load the bases, but the Nationals stranded all three to keep it 3-2 after five.
• Jose Lobaton singled to start the Nationals’ half of the sixth and scored on an RBI double by Brandon Snyder to make it 4-2 over the Sox.
• Gio Gonzalez tossed 1 2⁄3 scoreless before he was replaced on the mound by Joe Blanton, who recorded the final out of the Red Sox’ seventh... after giving up back-to-back two-out singles. Still 4-2.
• Enny Romero was close to escaping a two-on, one-out jam when he got what looked like a inning-ending double play out of Sandy Leon, but an error on the throw to first allowed a run to score, 4-3 Nationals.
• Blake Treinen gave up a single and a walk to the first two batters he faced since being named the Nationals’ closer, and one out later, the tying run scored on an error on what should have been a game-ending double play, 4-4.
Treinen walked another batter, Tzu-Wei Lin, loading the bases with one out, but struck the next two out to keep it tied after eight and a half.
• No extra innings today...
Final Score: 4-4 tie.
• Dusty Baker on highlight of the Nationals’ visit to the Naval Academy:
“The highlight was talking to the cadets and seeing the Humvees and our guys asking questions and manning the 50-caliber guns up on the top of them. Just overall talking to them, seeing the joy in their faces, seeing how young they are and these are some of the top young people in the country.”
• Max Scherzer on outing vs Red Sox: “Feel good. It was nice to be able to face a lineup of their caliber. They grind out some ABs and those are professionals at bats up and down the lineup, plus the DH.”
“That’s as good as good a start as you’re going to face in Spring Training to get you ready for the season. Felt like I took a step forward today in terms of getting back into the zone, and that’s what you look for in Spring.”