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Nats’ Scherzer Near Perfect Again


Nationals’ RHP Max Scherzer threw six perfect innings before allowing a hit to the Phillies on Friday night. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Washington Nationals’ RHP Max Scherzer (9-5, 1.79) pitched a no-hitter that was nearly perfect in his last outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates and on Friday night he was perfect through five innings as he retired sixteen straight Phillies before allowing a hit. The Nationals went on to defeat the Phillies 5-2.

Scherzer went eight innings allowing two runs on five hits; striking out seven batters and although not perfect or hitless, still a dominant outing.

The first hit to break up the hitless streak came with one out in the bottom of the sixth, Philadelphia’s Freddy Galvis hit a double on a line drive to right field.

Scherzer’s only two allowed runs came in the bottom of the seventh and eighth, the first a RBI double by Domonic Brown and then a solo homerun by Ben Revere on a fly ball to center field.

The Nationals had a five run advantage before the Phillies got on the board. A RBI single by Wilson Ramos to send Michael Taylor home tacked on the first run of the game.

Scherzer hit a single of his own in the top of the fifth and then scored off a sac fly by Danny Espinosa. Taylor scored later in the fifth after a fielding error by Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown.

A two run  homer by Matt den Dekker, his first of the season, on a line drive to right center for the five run lead.




Bethany Cohen
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