May 31, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 87 Review: Nats take rubber game with Baltimore behind stellar Scherzer show

Max Scherzer allowed one run and recorded seven strikeouts in 8.2 innings of effort, and a three-run fourth inning propelled Washington to a 3-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Adam Jones’ pair of solo home runs to left (in the first and with two outs in the bottom of the ninth) kept things entertaining, but Scherzer’s latest elite performance proved to be too much for the Orioles’ bats to overcome.

Dan Uggla tied the game on the first pitch he saw in the fourth against Wei-Yin Chen, with a single to center that scored Yunel Escobar. Tyler Moore followed up with a long double to right, bringing home Clint Robinson and Uggla.

Scherzer went back out to finish the game in the ninth, starting the bottom half of the frame with a couple of groundouts to the third and second, respectively. Jones homered on 1-2 in the following at-bat, prompting Nationals Manager Matt Williams to call on closer Drew Storen to bring the festivities to a close. Storen issued a four-pitch swinging strikeout to Chris Davis for his 27th save of the year.

Hero: Very honorable mention to Moore for his go-ahead double, but this was the kind of outing that Washington needed going into this week’s All-Star Break.

Goat: Michael Taylor could have had a better day at the plate (0-for-4 with two strikeouts), but I’m sure he prefers the victory.

Nats Notes

  • It’s the first series Washington has won in Baltimore since 2007.
  • Scherzer had another walk-free outing, continuing his streak dating to June 14.

Next Up

Washington will host the Dodgers for a three-game set starting Friday, July 17. Pitchers for that series have yet to be determined.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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