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Scherzer Earns Win Over Lester, Both Combine For 23 K’s

On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs played the rubber match of their three game series with both teams sending their Aces to the mound.

The Nats sent Max Scherzer up against Jon Lester and after both pitchers dominated for seven innings, the Nationals came out on top with a 3-0 victory.

Scherzer came into the game having won four straight and looking dominate in each of them and Thursday was no difference as he tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and striking out a season high 13 batters.

The Nats Ace opened the game by striking out his first two batters, then after a Kris Bryant walk, Scherzer got Dexter Fowler to fly out to end the inning. In the third he ran into a bit of trouble giving up two singles, but struck out Fowler on a 97 MPH fastball to end the threat. In the fourth, the Cubs were able to get to second base again, but Scherzer settled down and struck out Lester on another 97 MPH to end the inning.

In the sixth, Scherzer struck out the side, sandwiched by a Starlin Castro single, then retired the Cubs in order in the seventh, again with a strike out to end the inning and also his night.

As for Lester, he started the game after winning four of his last five starts which also lowered his ERA to 3.56. On Thursday he matched zeroes with Scherzer for the first three innings, until the Nationals broke through in the top of the fourth when Yunel Escobar singled, advanced to second and then scored on a force out off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman.

In the fifth Lester found himself in trouble after giving up a two-out double to Ian Desmond, but was able to induce a ground ball off the bat of Escobar to end the inning.

In the sixth, hot hitting Bryce Harper launched his 18th home run on the season to put the Nats up 2-0. In the seventh, Lester once again worked around a one out single and retired the next two Nationals to end the inning and his night.

The Nationals scored in the ninth on Danny Espinosa‘s sixth home run on the season, making the score 3-0.

Closer Drew Storen came in the bottom of the ninth and retired the first two batters, then gave up a single to Jonathan Herrera, but calmly induced a ground ball off the bat of Addison Russell forcing Herrera at second to end the game and earn his 16th save on the season.

Top Performers

Ian Desmond – 3 for 5, 2 Doubles
Bryce Harper – 1 for 3, HR, RBI, 2 BB
Max Scherzer (W 6-3, 1.51) – 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K

Starlin Castro – 2 for 4
Jon Lester – 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K


David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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