By Michael Marzzacco
Tonight the Nationals will begin the conclusion of their 10 game road trip with a weekend series at Miller Park in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.29 ERA) will take the mound tonight for the first time since nearly having a perfect game a year ago.
Last year, Scherzer retired the first 18 batters he faced before Carlos Gomez, a Brewer at the time, hit a blooper single off a broken bat just over the outstretched glove of Anthony Rendon. That was the only hit he allowed that afternoon. In Scherzer’s next start, he threw a no-hitter against the Pirates that also was a near-perfect game. Scherzer had 16 strikeouts.
Scherzer is having a solid month of June with a 3-0 record and a 1.29 ERA. The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies (5-3, 3.62 ERA). He started the season dropping his first three starts with an 8.78 ERA. Since then, he is 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his last nine games with six quality starts that included four in a row entering tonight’s contest.
Ryan Braun has struggled in his career against Scherzer, going 0 for 10 with five strikeouts.
The Brewers are coming off a two-game series split with the Athletics in Oakland. They won the second game of that series 4-2 on Wednesday. The Nationals are looking to snap a five game losing streak after getting swept by the Dodgers in LA. First pitch for the game tonight is 8:10.
Despite getting swept the Nationals are still in first place in the NL East with a 43-30 record, four games ahead of the Mets. The Brewers are fourth in the NL Central with a 32-40 mark.
Saturday’s pitching matchup will feature Gio Gonzalez (3-6, 4.25 ERA) and Matt Garza (0-0, 0.90 ERA) with a 4:10 first pitch. In Sunday’s series finale, Jimmy Nelson (5-6, 3.80 ERA) will take the ball for the Brewers while the Nats still haven’t announced their starting pitcher. First pitch on Sunday is at 2:10.