Zimmerman, Scherzer Lead Nats to Sweep Over Giants

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By Michael Marzzacco

Max Scherzer threw his seventh career complete game and Ryan Zimmerman provided all the Nats needed offensively as the Nationals swept the Giants with a 3-1 win in San Francisco. Bryce Harper began serving his suspension from his altercation on Monday. It was originally four games but it’s now been reduced to three.

The Nats struck first right from the get go against Giants starter Matt Cain. Trea Turner led off making it to first on a misplay by shortstop Brandon Crawford. Daniel Murphy would get on with a base hit up the middle to put runners at the corners. Finally, Ryan Zimmerman took a hanging curveball to left field for a three-run homer. It was Zimmerman’s 15th of the year.

The Giants got a run with an RBI double by Buster Posey that resulted from a miscommunication in the outfield between centerfielder Michael Taylor and left fielder Jayson Werth.

Max Scherzer pitched an absolute gem over the course of 100 pitches with a complete game, all without allowing a single walk. He allowed just one run on five hits while striking out 11 batters including Buster Posey for the final out. Scherzer has 16 career double-digit strikeouts with no walks allowed which is the sixth most in MLB history. This ballgame was Scherzer’s fifth 10+ strikeout game of the season and the 54th of his career which leads all active pitchers.

“The way he can feel it and the way he can close out a game, that’s the key. I was almost disappointed they got a hit. He got his slider working, his sinker, his fastball.. he had everything working. When you throw 100 pitches in nine innings, he had everything working,” said Nationals manager Dusty Baker.

With the win, the Nationals are now 9.5 games over the second-place Mets. After a day off on Thursday where most (or all) of the team will hit up Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Nats will head across the bay to Oakland for a three-game set with the Athletics.

SCENES FROM SAN FRANCISCO

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