The Nationals, Max Scherzer isn’t letting anyone off the hook this season just like in the recent game against New York Mets, he proved that he is one that should be starting the All-Star Game for National League.
Scherzer’s wonderful pitching and two homers by Rendon and one from Harper led the team to their marvelous victory against NY Mets. Scherzer didn’t lead in his seven innings but managed to strike out five leading his team by a total of 182 in the league.
The 3 times CY Young Award winner, Max Scherzer exited the game with an ERA of 2.41 and is perfect to pitch first on Tuesday night for the big All-Star Game at Nationals Park. On inquiring him on this he deflected saying it’s an all-star decision, but the Nationals Manager Dave Martinez has a definite opinion on this:
“I don’t want to be biased,” he said, “but Max Scherzer, yeah, of course.”
“Max is Max. He wants to be the best at everything. Pitching, hitting, bunting,” Martinez said. “He tells me he can play the outfield if need be.”
On the other hand, Rendon hit two home runs off Steven Matz (4-7) in the first inning plus a solo drive in the third inning. It was his fourth multi-homer that gave him a record of a total of six homers in 13 games this season.
In the sixth inning, he singled once off Tim Peterson and then it was Harper’s turn.
Harper been named the second-best hitter among eight participants in the 2013’s HR Derby. He will be participating in 2018’s version as well.
“If we weren’t in D.C., I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Harper acknowledged. “But looking forward to going out there and represent the Nationals and hopefully bring home a trophy.”
MLB released T-Mobile HR derby bracket last night, and it had Harper at the second for the most home runs in the Nationals League Right now following Atlanta Braves’ slugger Freddie Freeman.
On asking him if he was expecting to win it or not he replied something like this:
“I think doing it is going to be a lot of fun,” Harper said: “I participated in New York the first time and it was a lot of fun.”
“If I win I win, if I don’t, it’s part of it,” he added, “I’m just excited to hopefully share that again with my dad if I do have him throw to me, but just excited for the fans to be able to do that in front of them as well. That’s the main reason why I’m doing it.”
Now back to the game, the All-star, Harper hit his 23rd homer to greet the lefty Jerry Blevins, giving a lead 5-2 to the Nationals Team.
Bautista hit an RBI single in the first inning then a solo homer in the fourth inning. Then Plawecki made a home run in the seventh inning off the Washington ace. After that Kelvin Herrera began the eighth inning and gave up a solo homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. Then Ryan Madson closed with his fourth save.