Scherzer First To 15 Wins, Nationals Rout Reds 10-4
The Washington Nationals entered this weekend’s series against the Cincinnati Reds carrying momentum and needing to help themselves, and they did just that.
The offensive explosion started with one out in the second inning when Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle intentionally walked Daniel Murphy to load the bases with the intent of forcing Matt Wieters to ground into a double play. The result: Wieters narrowly missed a grand slam, instead hitting a sac fly to put the Nationals on the board at 1-0. Washington added on with a single from pitcher Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, and bases loaded walks to Bryce Harper and Juan Soto to take a commanding 6-0 lead after just two innings. Max Scherzer took it from here, striking out ten while allowing just four hits and two runs over six innings. Trea Turner and Bryce Harper put the icing on the cake with home runs in the eighth inning before Jimmy Cordero made his major league debut and shut to door on the Reds for a 10-4 Nationals victory, their third consecutive win.
The win improves the Nationals to 55-53 on the season and gives Max Scherzer his major league leading fifteenth win, his fifth consecutive. The win also means the Nationals have clinched the season series over the Reds, making them the fourth NL team the Nationals have beaten in the season series (the other 3 are the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Diego Padres)
Nationals will attempt to clinch a split of the four game series tomorrow as Gio González takes the mound at 7:05 PM.