This is not a drill: The Nats won a (dominant) Max Scherzer start!

Josh Luckenbaugh
June 02, 2019 - 2:55 pm
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Winning when your ace is on the mound shouldn't be all that surprising. But given how the Nationals have struggled in Max Scherzer starts, Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Reds is cause for some celebration (cabbage, anyone?). 

Despite Scherzer pitching like the three-time Cy Young winner he is to begin 2019, the Nats entered Sunday 2-10 in games he started this season, the bullpen and the offense both offering him little support. 

But on Sunday in Cincinnati, the Nats gave their ace some help, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead courtesy of RBI hits from Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki.

Meanwhile, Scherzer was dealing. 

Scherzer finished with a season-high 15 strikeouts, pitching eight dominant innings and allowing just one run. And the offense came up with two massive insurance runs in the eighth, Brian Dozier driving them in with a bases loaded single. 

In fact, manager Davey Martinez seemed ready to pull Scherzer with two outs in the eighth inning. But Scherzer had just one word for him: NO. 

Scherzer, of course, went on finish the inning by emphatically striking out Reds slugger Joey Votto, and Sean Doolittle tossed a spotless ninth for his 12th save to close out a Nats' triumph in the game and the series. At long last, Scherzer had his third win of the season, his first since May 11.

What a privilege it is to witness greatness every fifth day.

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