MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Francisco0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 250
Washington0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 030
  W: D. Holland (4-6)   L: M. Scherzer (10-2)   S: H. Strickland (13)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, June 10, 2018
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 35,705

Sterling Scherzer, Nationals wrap up series with Giants

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San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals

  1. The Nationals have won their last seven series at home against the Giants. This 7-0-0 home series record ties with the Cardinals over the Rockies for the best home series record by any team against a single opponent since 2011 (minimum six series).
  2. The Giants are 5-1 thus far in June, tying for the best record in MLB, and have the best ERA in MLB, 1.64, as well as the fourth-highest team batting average this month of .285.
  3. Through 61 games, the Nationals have scored 265 runs and have a 3.12 team ERA. The Astros have also met these thresholds this season; before these two, the two prior teams to score 260+ runs and have a sub-3.20 ERA through 61 games, the 2017 Dodgers and 2016 Cubs, both played in the World Series.
  4. Through Andrew Suarez's first eight major league starts, he has amassed 42 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. This is the highest mark by a Giant through his first eight starts since Tim Lincecum, who had 48 in 2007. His 5.45 K-BB ratio in 2018 ranks first in MLB among lefties (minimum 40 innings).
  5. Stephen Strasburg has a 1.03 WHIP since the beginning of last season, the third-lowest mark among National League qualifiers. His 10.52 strikeouts per nine innings in that span ranks fourth in the NL.
  6. Michael A. Taylor is on a four-game hitting streak and is slashing .353/.389/.647 in that span to go along with three runs scored, three extra base hits, five RBI and three stolen bases.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2018 thru 6/10/2018

WASHINGTON -- It has been a rough week for the Washington Nationals' starting rotation.

On Monday, Jeremy Hellickson went on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Stephen Strasburg joined him Saturday thanks to shoulder inflammation. And the usually reliable Gio Gonzalez lasted just 3 1/3 innings in Saturday's win over the San Francisco Giants.

Staff ace Max Scherzer takes the ball Sunday, looking to restore order in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Scherzer (10-1, 1.95 ERA) leads the majors in wins and is third in ERA behind Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander. He hasn't lost since April 4 and his nine-game winning streak matches the longest of his career. After making a mechanical adjustment, he has allowed just two runs and seven hits in 16 innings during his last two starts.

In a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Scherzer completed an immaculate inning, striking out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo and Daniel Robertson on nine pitches, the second time he has done it in his career.

He started 25 of the 28 batters he faced with a first-pitch strike. Of the 99 pitches he threw, 81 were strikes.

"It's hard to compare him to anybody really," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "I'm around him every day. From the other side, you see him and you say, 'Wow, every fifth day, he's really good.' But to see him every day, he's the best. He really is."

After the Nationals' 7-5 win on Saturday, Martinez announced Strasburg's trip to the disabled list. The right-hander left after two innings Friday night with shoulder tightness. An MRI confirmed the team's initial diagnosis of inflammation.

"I honestly thought just the inflammation was a good thing and that nothing else was wrong structurally," Martinez said. "As soon as we can get that to calm down a little bit and get him throwing again, we'll be fine."

The Nationals (36-26) did get a key player back Saturday as outfielder Adam Eaton (ankle injury) returned to play his first game since April 8. Batting leadoff, Eaton scored two early runs, Bryce Harper hit his 19th homer of the season and the Nationals won despite the short outing from Gonzalez.

Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez (1-1) struggled in his second outing, allowing five runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. His father, Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, played his final two seasons with the Nationals and was in attendance -- as were the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, with the Cup in tow.

In his first start, Rodriguez allowed one run in six innings against the Phillies.

"I felt the same," Rodriguez said. "I just didn't have my best stuff. I didn't really locate pitches. I had a couple of opportunities to put some guys away, and I made too good of a pitch."

The Giants (32-32) rallied most of the way back from a 5-0 deficit. Nick Hundley had a three-run, third-inning homer and a seventh-inning RBI double, but the Giants stranded runners on second and third in both the seventh and eighth innings.

"Guys did a good job of battling back. I thought we really had some good, extended ABs against Gonzalez," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We had some guys out there (on base). We just needed another hit."

Left-hander Derek Holland (3-6, 4.91) pitches Sunday for San Francisco. He allowed two runs and four hits in four innings of a no-decision against Arizona the last time out and will be making his first start against the Nationals.

Scherzer is 4-4 with a 4.03 ERA in nine starts versus the Giants. Current Giants are hitting a combined .194 against Scherzer, including Andrew McCutchen's 4-for-24 and Evan Longoria's 2-for-16.

Updated June 9, 2018

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