As a team, they are struggling to hit for average.
The Chicago Cubs scored first, but it was the last time they scored as the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer was in control throughout the night.
The Chicago Cubs come into this one looking for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last seven games, including a 5-4 win in game one on Monday. And the Cubs’ philosophy on holding baserunners is well known – and teams are going to take advantage. “But he found a way to go six innings, which was big”. It’s tough, because it doesn’t matter how much work I put in. Which is impressive without context, andinsanewhen you realize that he played just 73 games in his rookie season last year and has played in 66 this year, because, y’know, it’s still June.
“If I don’t get a chance to throw, that’s the reason why they were running left and right today, because they know he was slow to the plate”.
Baker thought about the seventh inning for Scherzer.
“We were kicking (butt) in the ninth inning, giving them something to bite their nails about”, he said. “Figured that was enough for him”.
“As soon as you catch the ball you see the guy at second base and you try to be as quick as possible”, Montero said. The Nats are dominating the National League East, while the Cubs are hanging tight in the weak NL Central.
Enny Romero and Blake Treinen each pitched an inning for the Nationals. He said Scherzer showed what kind of pitcher he was by fighting back after falling behind on some of his counts. It was a great comeback, and you never know in the eighth which run is going to beat you. I think you go. “You’re better off getting him out”. He hit.262 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in in 30 games before going on the disabled list for the second time this season with the same injury. “It was an impressive start”.
Slumping is one thing. Scherzer picked up his second RBI of the year with a single in the fourth to make it 3-1. “I just haven’t done it consistently. “(Arrieta) is a little slow, gathers late, his leg comes up high. It happens. Slumping that gets carpet-bombed by one teammate calling out another is at least a distraction and at worst an explosive issue for a reigning champion that hardly looks prepared to repeat. “When you start pointing fingers, I think that labels you as a selfish player”. “Like: ‘OK, yeah, I got to pitch”. Co-owner Tom Ricketts helped set up the meeting.
“Just sticking to the plan and executing all my off-speed stuff and using the fastball when I needed to”, Scherzer said. They usually come out against me pretty aggressive. “It’s my fault I didn’t throw anybody out”. “It really sucks, but it is what it is and I got to take full responsibility. That was the pitch that really allowed me to be effective tonight”. Michael Taylor went 2 for 4 with a double and Daniel Murphy added a two-bagger of his own while Bryce Harper went 3 for 5 at the plate with three singles.
“It’s wonderful, right?” Taylor asked.
That’s rough. For Montero I mean.
The Washington Nationals broke a team record in an Major League Baseball win, while Adrian Beltre blasted a home run on Tuesday.