By Michael Marzzacco
Max Scherzer had a solid outing with 10 struck outs but it wasn’t enough. A frustrating afternoon at the plate contributed to the Nationals being unable to complete the three-game sweep as the Cardinals won 6-1. The Nats had six runners left on base. In the seventh, trailing 3-0 with two outs, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman got on base. Jayson Werth had a chance to drive in the runs or potentially tie it with a home run but he struck out looking.
In the eighth, there was another golden opportunity. Wilmer Difo and Adam Lind got on base. Adam Eaton would follow with a single into left field that scored Difo for their first (and eventually only) run of the day. Anthony Rendon grounded into a fielder’s choice at second. That would send Bryce Harper to the plate with runners on the corners but Harper lined out to third baseman Jedd Gyorko.
The Nationals will begin a three-game weekend series with the Phillies on Friday at 4:05 p.m. from Nats Park.