|W: Scherzer (4-2, 2.66)|
|L: Shipley (0-1, 6.75)|
|S: Romero (1)|
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SP Max Scherzer (2.66) dominated with 11 K’s (a team high for the season) in 7 innings, giving up 1 HR to Jake Lamb in the 7th inning. He did not give up a hit until the 4th inning, tallying a game score of 76. Scherzer faced 26, with 92 pitches (49 strikes), and contributed at the bat with 2 hits and 1 RBI (.214). Matt Albers (0.00) put up zeroes again in the 8th (1 K, plus a hold), Joe Blanton (10.64) gave up a HR pretty quickly in the 9th to Paul Goldschmidt, and was replaced by Enny Romero (5.25) who struck out two and got the save.
Bryce Harper left the game after the 6th inning, possibly in connection with an impressive diving catch (“tightened up groin”) in the 3rd inning. Harper is day-to-day, but hoping to start in Philly.
Anthony Rendon (.270) did his 2-bags thing with a double in the 3rd inning, taking the NATS to 3-0, the other two RBI coming from Chris Heisey (sub for Harper) and Scherzer (first run of the game). Ryan Zimmerman (.424) walked twice, scored two runs, and Michael Taylor (.275) put up 2 hits and walked two times.
More on MAX: Fangraphs has the following stats on Scherzer pitch types this season (thru May 3rd):