Max Scherzer pitched another gem but the effort was wasted as the Nationals dropped the series finale to the Marlins 2-1 thanks to a late rally by the Fish. Scherzer struck out his first six batters he faced, setting the stage to another special outing for the ace.
The Nationals rebounded with a 12-3 win over the Marlins thanks to multi-RBI nights from Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Gio Gonzalez had a strong outing over the course of seven innings, only giving up three runs while striking out eight. The Nats go for the series win today at 12:10 p.m. with Max Scherzer on the hill
The Hagerstown Suns and Potomac Nationals are each in the midst of the All Star break for their respective A leagues. The Carolina League and South Atlantic League All Star Games take place tonight at Salem, Virginia and Columbia, South Carolina.
The Nationals got out to a 6-0 lead before Tanner Roark gave it up. It was Roark’s third poor start in a row and ever since his bobblehead day he hasn’t been the same. The dagger came in the third inning when the Marlins tied it with a six-run inning capped off by a grand slam by Justin Bour.
Winter is coming this Friday night at Nationals Park. The team’s promotion in their first home game after their seven-game road trip is “Game of Thrones” night. The Nationals will hide 10 prize-filled dragon eggs on Tuesday morning in scattered locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.