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  • Nationals @ Mets: 04/07 1:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK


    Sunday, 7th April,
    1:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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  • #2

    Scherzer Faces Wheeler, Mets Still Looking for First Win

    -- A series of off-days in late March and early April allowed Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez to arrange his rotation so that perennial Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer received three starts in the first eight games.

    The early emphasis on Scherzer ends Sunday, when the Nationals will try to win one of his outings for the first time in the rubber game of a three-game series against the host New York Mets.

    The Mets earned a wild 6-5 comeback win Saturday, when Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers to tie the game in the eighth before Keon Broxton delivered the go-ahead RBI single two outs later.

    Scherzer (0-2, 2.13 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Mets' Zack Wheeler (0-0, 7.20 ERA) in a battle of hard-throwing right-handers.

    Beginning Saturday, the Nationals have games on five straight days, prompting Martinez to finally implement a traditional five-man rotation. Scherzer, who started against the Mets on Opening Day on March 28 and again against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, isn't expected to start again until April 13.

    If all goes according to plan, Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg will each have made three starts by the time fifth starter Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound Wednesday. Scherzer is the first pitcher in the Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise to start three times in the season's first eight games since Dennis Martinez did so for the Expos in 1988.

    "We talked about this leaving spring training," Davey Martinez said Saturday morning. "A lot had to do with the days off. His next outing after (Sunday), he'll get six days. So he'll get an extra day of rest."

    Wheeler, who will be facing the Nationals for the second time in as many starts this year, will be working with two extra days of rest thanks to an off-day Friday and the Mets using fifth starter Jason Vargas during the first trip through the rotation.

    Wheeler didn't factor into the decision March 31, when he gave up four runs over five innings as the Mets fell, 6-5.

    Afterward, Wheeler, who gave up a three-run homer in the third inning to Trea Turner, said he may have grown too fastball-happy against the Nationals, whose hitting coach is former Mets hitting coach Kevin Long.

    "It was good for the most part," Wheeler told reporters. "I'm just beating myself up right now of falling into that little groove of fastball happiness, and that's what really got me today. As soon as it happened, I recognized it and changed it up from there on."

    Scherzer took the loss Tuesday, when he gave up two runs (one earned) over five innings as the Nationals fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 in their first game against former Washington star Bryce Harper, who signed a 13-year contract with Philadelphia as a free agent in March.

    It's Scherzer's first 0-2 start since 2009, when he opened 0-3 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Scherzer is 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA in 18 career games (17 starts) against the Mets. He victimized New York for his second career no-hitter on Oct. 3, 2015, when Scherzer struck out 17 and allowed only one baserunner. Kevin Plawecki reached on a sixth-inning throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar.

    Wheeler is 4-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 14 career starts against the Nationals, whom he's faced more than any other opponent.

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    • #3


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      • #4

        Top of 1:
        Nationals first. Eaton walked on four pitches. Kendrick grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Eaton out. Rendon grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil was hit by a pitch. Alonso grounded into a double play, shortstop Difo to first baseman Zimmerman, McNeil out. Canó grounded out, shortstop Difo to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Nationals second. Soto walked. Zimmerman flied out to right fielder Conforto. Suzuki singled to center, Soto to second. Difo walked, Soto to third, Suzuki to second. Scherzer singled to left, Soto scored, Suzuki to third, Difo to second. Robles singled to right, Suzuki scored, Difo to third, Scherzer to second. Eaton hit a ground-rule double to left, Difo scored, Scherzer scored, Robles to third. Kendrick hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Broxton, Robles scored. Rendon grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 5, Hits: 4

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Conforto doubled to right. On right fielder Eaton's throwing error, Conforto to third. Ramos singled to left, Conforto scored. Davis singled to right, Ramos to second. Rosario struck out. Broxton struck out. Davis was out advancing, catcher Suzuki to third baseman Rendon to shortstop Difo, Ramos to third, Davis out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Top of 3:
        Nationals third. Soto struck out. Zimmerman grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Suzuki grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Wheeler flied out to left fielder Soto. McNeil singled to left. Alonso struck out. Canó struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Difo grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Scherzer lined out to right fielder Conforto. Robles struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Conforto struck out. Ramos lined out to second baseman Kendrick. Davis flied out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Eaton grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to first baseman Alonso. Kendrick walked on a full count. Rendon walked on a full count, Kendrick to second. Soto flied out to center fielder Broxton, Kendrick to third. Zimmerman walked on a full count, Rendon to second. Suzuki walked, Kendrick scored, Rendon to third, Zimmerman to second. McNeil in as third baseman. Peterson pitching. Nimmo in as left fielder. On Peterson's wild pitch, Rendon scored, Zimmerman to third, Suzuki to second. Difo was intentionally walked. Scherzer struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Rosario struck out. Broxton grounded out, pitcher Scherzer to first baseman Zimmerman. Nimmo popped out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Robles walked. Robles stole second. On throwing error by catcher Ramos, Robles to third. Eaton popped out to second baseman Canó. Kendrick struck out. Rendon walked on a full count. Soto walked, Rendon to second. Zimmerman walked on a full count, Robles scored, Rendon to third, Soto to second. Suzuki singled to left, Rendon scored, Soto to third, Zimmerman to second. Difo fouled out to third baseman McNeil.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Zimmerman. Alonso doubled to left. Canó flied out to center fielder Robles, Alonso to third. Conforto was hit by a pitch. Ramos lined out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Avilán pitching. Guillorme in as second baseman. Scherzer struck out. Robles was hit by a pitch. Eaton popped out to left fielder Nimmo. Kendrick singled to center, Robles to third. Rendon homered to center on a full count, Robles scored, Kendrick scored. Soto grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Avilán.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Guillorme singled to right. Rosario singled to right, Guillorme to second. Broxton struck out. Nimmo doubled to right, Guillorme scored, Rosario to third. Grace pitching. McNeil singled to right, Rosario scored, Nimmo to third. Alonso homered to center on a 3-1 count, Nimmo scored, McNeil scored. d'Arnaud pinch-hitting for Avilán. d'Arnaud grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman Zimmerman. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 5, Hits: 5

        Top of 8:
        Nationals eighth. d'Arnaud in as catcher. Gsellman pitching. Zimmerman singled to left. Suzuki grounded into a double play, pitcher Gsellman to second baseman Guillorme to first baseman Alonso, Zimmerman out. Difo struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Rosenthal pitching. Smith pinch-hitting for Gsellman. Smith was hit by a pitch. On Rosenthal's wild pitch, Smith to second. On Rosenthal's wild pitch, Smith to third. Guillorme walked on four pitches. Suero pitching. Rosario struck out. Broxton struck out. Nimmo lined out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Nationals ninth. Lugo pitching. Adams pinch-hitting for Suero. Adams struck out. Robles struck out. Eaton struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 9:
        Mets ninth. J.Ross pitching. McNeil was hit by a pitch. Alonso walked, McNeil to second. d'Arnaud flied out to center fielder Robles, McNeil to third, Alonso to second. Conforto homered to right on a 1-1 count, McNeil scored, Alonso scored. Doolittle pitching. Lagares pinch-hitting for Lugo. Lagares struck out. Guillorme flied out to left fielder Soto.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 1

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        • #5

          Scherzer Gets First Win, Nats Beat Wild Mets 12-9

          by SCOTT ORGERA

          -- Starting for the third time in his club's first eight games, Washington ace Max Scherzer earned his first win in the least effective outing of the three.

          Anthony Rendon backed him with a three-run homer, going deep for the fourth time in five games, and the Nationals were helped by 12 walks in a 12-9 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.

          Scherzer (1-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts, no walks and two hit batters, and he also singled in the game's first run. He lost his opening two starts for the first time in his big league career, to the Mets and Philadelphia, though he did go 0-3 over his first six starts in 2009.

          Despite being struck on the right leg by a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Keon Broxton in the fifth inning, Scherzer recovered to make the play and remained in to face 10 more batters.

          "It was fine during the game, was able to just kind of keep it moving so it didn't tighten up," Scherzer said, standing in front of his locker with his leg wrapped. "Once I came out of the game, once you lose the adrenaline, it tightened up pretty good. It kind of hurts to walk right now. but this is just a little bone bruise. I'll be fine."

          Washington took two of three from their NL East rival.

          "His leg got stiff there at the end so had to go get him out but Max being Max, he competed all day and he pitched unbelievable," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

          Washington opened a 12-1 lead by the seventh inning, when Rendon hit his fourth home run of the season, a drive off the facing of the second deck in left-center. Kurt Suzuki had two hits and two RBIs. Aside from Scherzer, every Nationals starter walked at least once.

          Zack Wheeler (0-1) struggled to command his fastball and gave up seven runs, four hits and a career-high seven walks in 4 2/3 innings, throwing strikes on just 51 of 103 pitches.

          "Just an embarrassing day for me," Wheeler said.

          Reliever Tim Peterson threw a run-scoring wild pitch to his first batter and walked five, including one with the bases loaded. Mets pitchers had not walked 12 in a nine-inning game since March 31, 2003, on opening day against the Chicago Cubs.

          "The command, the control, just too many walks," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

          Washington took a 5-0 lead in the second, which included Victor Robles' RBI single, Adam Eaton's two-run double and Howie Kendrick's sacrifice fly, his first RBI since May 13. Kendrick returned Saturday from a ruptured right Achilles' tendon sustained last May 19.

          Mired in a 2-for-27 slump, Brandon Nimmo doubled in a run off of Scherzer in the seventh.

          "You could tell he was tired, he was having a little bit more trouble commanding in the zone," Nimmo said. "That's not the Scherzer you're going to face the first time you go out there."

          Rookie Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer against Matt Grace later in the inning, the rookie's third home run this season. He is the third player since at least 1908 with nine extra-base hits in his first nine games, joining Trevor Story and Alvin Davis.


          The Nationals were the first team to score at least 12 runs on eight hits or fewer since Toronto needed just eight hits to beat Detroit 12-6 on May 24, 1999.

          WILD MAN

          Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal hit a batter, threw two wild pitches and issued a walk in the eighth. Attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, the former All-Star closer has not retired any of the nine batters he's faced this season, allowing seven runs.

          "I've been super encouraged because of how good I feel but that's what makes it more frustrating, because I know it's there," Rosenthal said. "My stuff's there. I feel better than ever, really, but the results aren't happening so I definitely want to figure it out."


          Washington recalled RHP Joe Ross from Triple-A Fresno and optioned INF Adrian Sanchez to Double-A Harrisburg. Usually a starter, Ross got just one out in the ninth before giving up Michael Conforto's three-run homer. According to Martinez, Ross will be used in relief to aid an ineffective bullpen that had a major league-worst 10.02 ERA entering Sunday.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Nationals: CF Michael A. Taylor (sprained right knee and hip) went 1 for 5 Sunday for Harrisburg as the designated hitter.

          Mets: C Travis d'Arnaud (Tommy John surgery) was reinstated from the 10-day IL, pinch hit in the seventh and moved behind the plate in his first major league appearance since April 8 last year. He grounded out and flied out.

          UP NEXT

          Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 9.00 ERA) faces RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 0.00) Monday night as Washington opens a three-game series at Philadelphia.

          Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0), who has not allowed a run in 13 innings this season, is scheduled to start Tuesday's series opener against Minnesota and RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 9.64).

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