By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals got swept by the old Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers) team over the weekend in DC. Even though they got swept there were still some good highlights including a milestone for Max Scherzer.
The Nationals dropped the series opener on Friday night 5-2. Tanner Roark took the loss on his bobblehead day. The Rangers got on the board in the third with an RBI single by Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy would go yard two innings later to put the visitors up 3-0. The Rangers tacked on another run in the sixth inning with Nomar Mazara drawing a bases loaded walk. The Nats got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Anthony Rendon into left field that score Ryan Zimmerman. He tried to stretch it into a double but was tagged out at second. Texas went up 5-1 with a solo shot by Rougned Odor. The Nats tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth. Daniel Murphy led off with a single into center field. Matt Wieters would later follow with a single and Murphy got to third. With two outs, Stephen Drew hit a single into left field to score Murphy. That was all they could muster. Trea Turner grounded out to end the game.
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The Nats dropped the second game by a score of 6-3 in a contest that took 11 innings to decide the winner. Trailing 1-0, the Nationals tied it with a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon which scored Bryce Harper from third. Following that sequence, Adam Lind smacked a two-run homer into the seats above the out of town scoreboard in center field. That put the Nats up 3-1. In the ninth, the Rangers rallied to tie the game. Koda Glover was the Nats’ bullpen victim that gave up the two runs. The rally started with a solo homer by Shin-Soo Choo. Elvis Andrus followed with a single. Adrian Beltre walked. Nomar Mazara would then belt an RBI double. Bryce Harper made sure the game would go to extras when Robinson Chirinos flied to him and Harper gunned down our favorite villain, Pete Kozma at the plate. Kozma was initially called safe but the Nats challenged it and won.
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The Rangers won it in the 11th inning with a two-run homer by Chirinos.
The Nationals dropped the series finale on Sunday afternoon 5-1 thanks to a four-run eighth by the Rangers. The Nats got on the board first with a home run by Brian Goodwin into the Nats bullpen in right field. Max Scherzr, despite taking the loss, struck out 10. He also struck out the 2,000th batter of his career in the fourth inning, striking out Nomar Mazara. His 10 strikeouts were the 56th time in his career he struck out 10 or more batters, leading all active MLB pitchers. He’s the third fastest MLB pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts trailing just Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. It took Scherzer 1,784 innings.
Fastest @MLB pitchers to reach 2,000 K:
1. Pedro – 1,711.1 IP
2. Randy – 1,733.1 IP
3. Max Scherzer – 1,784 IP
4. Kershaw – 1,837.2 IP pic.twitter.com/L0TFrCvxrA
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