Max Scherzer Deals, Nats Crush Mets

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By Michael Marzzacco

For the fifth straight game Max Scherzer struck out at least 10 or more batters. On Friday night at Citi Field, Scherzer’s stuff was electric. Over eight innings and 118 pitches, Scherzer struck out 10. 84 of Scherzer’s 118 pitches were strikes. Scherzer only allowed one run on four hits and two walks. He is the first pitcher in Expos/Nationals history with double digit strikeouts in five straight starts since Pedro Martinez did it in 1997. The Nats offense took care of the rest and Shawn Kelley hung on as the Nationals defeated the Mets 7-2 in the second game of a four game weekend series.

In the first inning Ryan Raburn made a huge sliding catch to take an extra base hit away from Jay Bruce.

In the third, Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor went back-to-back. Wieters homered into the seats in left field while Taylor launched it to the seats in right. The solo home runs put the Nats in front 2-0. In the sixth, Anthony Rendon hit an opposite field two-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark over the centerfield wall to put the visitors up 4-0.

The Mets got a run in the bottom of the eighth with a home run by Jose Reyes. Scherzer would settle down by getting Curtis Granderson to fly out and striking out Michael Conforto. His last obstacle of the night would be Yoenis Cespedes. It was an 11-pitch battle but in the end Scherzer won and got his 10th strikeout.

In the ninth the Nats piled on some insurance. Bryce Harper singled to left field to score Taylor. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single of his own into left field to score Brian Goodwin. With the bases loaded, Rendon drew a walk to plate another run.

Kelley came on for the ninth and the worst he gave up was a solo home run to Bruce. That was it. Nats won 7-2. The third game of the series is tomorrow afternoon with a 4:10 first pitch. It’ll be Stephen Strasburg (7-2, 3.27 ERA) against Seth Lugo (1-0, 1.29 ERA).

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