Washington’s Nationals didn’t get much done against San Francisco Giants’ righty Chris Stratton in the first game of today’s doubleheader in the nation’s capital, with just five hits and one walk in 6 2⁄3 innings against the former first round pick, who struck out 10 batters on the way to a win.
Anthony Rendon drove in the only runs the Nats scored in what ended up a 4-2 loss, with a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Giants’ win snapped a five-game losing streak against the Nationals, and just their fourth in the last 12 with the current NL East division leaders, and just the second in the last ten in D.C., and fourth in the last 19 in the nation’s capital.
Tonight, the Giants take on Max Scherzer in the third game in the last 24 hours in Nationals Park.
The Nats’ ace is coming off a win over the Miami Marlins and is undefeated in his last eight starts (4-0), with a 2.56 ERA, 14 walks, 65 Ks and a .176/.244/.358 line against over his last 45 2⁄3 innings pitched.
In his one start against San Francisco this season, Scherzer threw a complete game, giving up just one run on five hits, striking out 11 in a 3-1 win in AT&T Park.
“He had his slider working, he had his sinker, his up-and-away fastball,” Dusty Baker told reporters after the win on the road.
“I mean, he had everything working,” he continued, “which is evident when you throw 100 pitches in nine innings. He had everything working.”
Scherzer will try to help the Nationals win the series with the Giants tonight in the nightcap of the doubleheader.
HERE’S THE NATS’ LINEUP FOR THE SERIES FINALE WITH THE GIANTS:
#Nats vs #Giants 3 of 3: Stevenson RF, Difo SS, Murphy 2B, Zimmerman 1B, Rendon 3B, Kendrick LF, Wieters C, Taylor CF, Scherzer RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 13, 2017