Three-Time Cy Young Award Winner Proves Too Much As Nationals Beat Marlins 5-1 – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – This time Max Scherzer couldn’t get away.
The Nationals ace allowed a run in six innings and passed two referee inspections without fuss, which helped Washington beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Sunday to earn a split in their four-game streak.
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Scherzer (7-4) hit seven and lowered his ERA to 2.14. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, who threatened to undress when baseball began cracking down on sticky substances, underwent two brief exams at the end of the innings and didn’t complain – at least not to the umpire.
“He checked my hat, checked my glove, checked my belt,” Scherzer said with a frown. “Whatever. Whatever.”
Scherzer said cracking down on the MLB has made it harder to grip and control pitches.
“Everyone has got used to it,” he says. “Everyone has to deal with it. I’m not going to sit here and apologize. Everyone has to play by these rules now. “
Two opposing homers from Trea Turner and Josh Bell added to Scherzer’s mood in the sixth inning against Sandy Alcantara to open the game.
“If you get two two-shot shots – I don’t care about your solo shots, I want your two-shot shots,” Scherzer said with a grin.
“A double lead is a big deal when it’s on the cusp,” said Turner.
The result was 1-all in the sixth when Alcantara (4-7) untangled. He walked Kyle Schwarber on four pitches to lead, and Turner hit his 12th homer. Juan Soto hit an infield and Bell hit his 11th homer.
Alcantara, who allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, said he was battling an illness and had not slept well. It was the first time since August 30th that he had given up more than one homer in a game.
“I fought, but I missed a lot of pitches,” said Alcantara. “You made adjustments this last inning. I feel bad about it. “
The Nationals achieved an undeserved run in the first round. Schwarber reached out when his grounder was mishandled by third baseman Jon Berti, and he later came home with a two-out single from Josh Harrison.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. led the Marlins first place for the second year in a row with a triple and celebrated his slide to third place with his arms outstretched, a gesture of “ta-da” to the crowd. He came home with Jesús Aguilar’s doubles.
“Max is attacking the strike zone and they will swing,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez. “After that, he settled down, made his pitches, and looked great.”
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The Marlins managed only four hits against Scherzer and three relievers the rest of the way. They went 1 for 9 with runners in the scoring position.
Washington won by six goals.
The Nationals (37-38), who are runner-up in NL East, face competing teams in their next 17 games.
“That’s what you play for,” said Scherzer. “They want to play against the best teams in the game. Here you can experience yourself. “
Scherzer has more wins against the Marlins than any other team, with a record 15-5 in 26 starts, including 2 0 in two starts this year.
Schwarber went without a hit for the second game in a row and lowered his average to 0.246. He has 13 homers in his last 16 games.
Nationals: CF Victor Robles suffered a bruise on his knee on the seventh field and hobbled off the field. His status is day by day. … RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) is making progress in his rehabilitation and should throw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday.
Nationals: They open a home stand for seven games on Monday night with a game against the New York Mets, a make-up that resulted from an April 3 postponement. RHP Erick Fedde will miss his move due to a slight incline load and it will likely be a bullpen game for Washington.
Marlins: They open a three-game series in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with LHP Trevor Rogers (7-4, 2.08) scheduled to begin.
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