September 23, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 42 Review: Scherzer Dominates The Phillies, Harper Goes Long

The Washington Nationals treated a crowd of 35,893 to nine innings of one-run baseball on Friday night beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 after a strong eight-inning performance from right-handed starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Scherzer gave up four hits, one run, and one walk while striking out six batters. He threw 110 pitches and 79 strikes.  And — thanks to some timely offense — he also helped the Nationals take their 2-1 lead in the sixth inning.

Philadelphia scored first when outfielder Odubel Herrera hit a RBI-double off Scherzer in the second inning, allowing third baseman Maikel Franco to score, and making it a 1-0 game. But Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper came back swinging in the bottom half of the second inning with a leadoff solo shot and his sixteenth home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1.

The night’s starting pitchers continued to duel through the mid-portion of the game but Scherzer came through and helped his own cause in the sixth inning. Scherzer started the inning with a single and scored on a one-out double hit by short stop Ian Desmond giving Washington their 2-1 lead.

A quick appearance from right-handed reliever Drew Storen was all Washington needed to finish the Phillies. Storen faced five batters, gave up two singles, and struck out two batters to maintain the Nats’ 2-1 lead and bring their record to 25-17 on the season thus far.

HERO: Max Scherzer. He pitched a solid eight innings, hit a single off O’Sullivan, and scored the go-ahead run. Bryce Harper may have tallied his sixteenth home run of the season to put the Nats on the board, but Scherzer is how they won Friday’s game.

GOAT: Michael A. Taylor, if only because he entered the game to pinch run for outfielder Clint Robinson in the seventh inning when the Nats were looking to score a few more runs and cushion their one-run lead but got picked off at first base.


  • Bryce Harper’s home run in the second inning was his third home run off Sean O’ Sullivan.
  • Tyler Moore was fresh off the bench with a single.
  • Drew Storen tallied his thirteenth save of the season.

NEXT UP: Cole Hamels (4-3 3.24) and the Philadelphia Phillies face Stephen Strasburg (3-4, 5.98) and the Washington Nationals at 4:05 p.m. in Washington D.C.


About Rachel Levitin

Rachel Levitin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. For the past five seasons, she was credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals as an author for We Love DC. During her time spent with WLDC, Rachel composed game stories, covered off-the-field special events, and chronicled both of the Nats’ recent playoff runs. In addition to her work with WLDC, Rachel’s writing has been featured in the Washington Examiner and on where she has been a featured guest blogger for the Nationals Buzz blog since 2011. Her love for baseball stems from having grown up on the north side of Chicago and falling in love with the sport’s history as a result of growing up just minutes from Wrigley Field. Rachel moved to DC in 2005 and has been following along with the Nats since their inaugural season. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RHLevitin.

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