Scherzer pitched a gem, allowing one run and recording 10 strikeouts in eight innings of work. Scherzer has recorded 10 or more strikeouts for the fifth straight game.
Max Scherzer has set a career-high with 5 straight 10+ K games:— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 17, 2017
5/26: 13 Ks
5/31: 11 Ks
6/6: 14 Ks
6/11: 10 Ks
The Nationals offense was on point, hitting three home runs. Catcher Matt Wieters went deep in the third inning to put the Nationals on top. Michael A. Taylor followed with a solo home run of his own.
The Nationals were then held scoreless until the sixth inning when Anthony Rendon hit a two-run home run. Rendon went 2-4 with three RBI. Bryce Harper went 3-5 with a RBI single in the ninth, and Daniel Murphy went 1-3 with a pair of intentional walks.
Mets’ pitcher Steven Matz gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. Michael Confronto and Yoenis Cespedes combined to go 0-6. Jay Bruce, and Jose Reyes homered for the Mets.
Nationals now 41-26
HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Scherzer struck out Confronto before hitting Cespedes with a 2-2 changeup in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Raburn then made a diving catch in the left field corner.
- Matz kept the Nationals hitless through the first two innings.
- Scherzer walked Lucas Duda then hit T.J. Rivera with a changeup to put runners on first and second with no outs. The Mets couldn’t make any noise as Travis d’Arnaud grounded into a double play and Reyes flied out to right field.
- SEE YOU LATER! THERE GOES THE NO-HITTER! Wieters blasted a home run to center field to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
- SEE YOU LATER! The bottom of the order continued to do damage as Taylor hit a home run to right field. Nationals are up 2-0.
Left! Left! Left, right, left! pic.twitter.com/wvEcM8fFBA— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 17, 2017
- Rendon hit a two-out single, but reached second on a throwing error by Cespedes. The Mets escaped trouble after Wieters flied out.
- Scherzer struck out Flores and Duda to end the fourth inning.
- Scherzer recorded three strikeouts, but allowed an infield single to Reyes. Nationals still lead 2-0.
- SEE YOU LATER! Rendon hit a two-run home run to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
- Flores grounded into a double play to keep the Mets scoreless.
- Scherzer continued his dominance in the seventh inning as he tallied his seventh and eighth strikeout.
- Paul Sewald replaced Matz on the mound in the eighth inning.
- Matz’s line: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 10/3 GO/FO
- Harper’s helmet came off after he smoked a leadoff double to right in the top of the eighth inning. Murphy walked, but that was all the Nationals could do.
- Reyes put the Mets on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo home run.
- Scherzer struck out Cespedes to get out of the eighth inning.
- Scherzer’s line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 3/5 GO/FO
- Taylor reached first on a bunt single then stole second in the ninth inning.
- Harper hit a two out single to put the Nationals up 5-1.
- Zimmerman hit a RBI single and reached second base on a error. Nationals are up 6-1.
- Murphy was intentionally walked for the second time before the Mets went to their bullpen. Rendon walked with the bases loaded, which put the Nationals up, 7-1. Wieters grounded out to send the game into the bottom of the ninth inning.
- Shawn Kelley came out of the bullpen to pitch the ninth, and gave up a leadoff home run to Bruce. Nationals up 7-2.
- Kelley retired the three batters to end the game. Nationals win, 7-2.
Nationals are now 41-26