April 19, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 90 Review: Scherzer outdueled by Greinke

On a sweltering day in the nation’s capital in a battle of National League All-Star pitchers, Zack Greinke bettered Max Scherzer — just barely — and the Los Angeles Dodgers tacked on some late runs to beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on “Star Wars Day” at Nationals Park.

Overall, the Nats were outhit 15-5.

Both starters were masterful, with a single run against the Nats ace the only blemish to either record. Scherzer went six innings, allowing the one run (which scored on a wild pitch) on seven hits and a walk, striking out eight. But Greinke was even better against the injury-ravaged Nats batting order. Greinke pitched eight shutout innings and allowed three hits and a walk, striking out a season-high 11. Greinke extended his shutout innings streak to 43 1/3 innings, third longest in Dodgers history.

The Dodgers scored against Scherzer in the fourth. Andre Ethier doubled to lead off and went to third on a sacrifice by All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal. After Yasiel Puig struck out, Scherzer uncorked a wild pitch to Alberto Callaspo, which allowed Ethier to score.

Other than that, it was zeros all the way until the ninth. Down 1-0, and with Drew Storen warmed up, manager Matt Williams instead sent Blake Treinen to the mound. Treinen did not get the job done.

Justin Turner pinch-hit for Greinke and led off with a single. He went to second on Joc Pederson’s single that snuck through the right side. Howie Kendrick sacrifice, moving both runners up. Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally to load the bases. But Ethier came through with a single to center, scoring Turner. A.J. Ellis — who entered for an injured Grandal in the sixth — followed with a single to plate Pederson. Puig then delivered a single, bringing in Gonzalez and Ethier, sealing the Nationals’ fate.

Treinen allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.


  • Help may be on the way for the Nats batting order. Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon both completed rehab assignments with the Potomac Nationals and both will move on to Syracuse with hopes to be activated in a week to 10 days. Ryan Zimmerman went 1 for 3 the Harrisburg Senators in his first rehab assignment.
  • Ian Desmond went 0 for 3 to extend a hitless streak to 18 at bats. He’s now hitting .203/.246/.322 for the season.
  • Wilmer Difo, in his third stint with the Nats this year, was hitless in a pinch-hitting appearance. He has six plate appearances in his three stints with the team this year.



About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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