The veteran right-hander struck out seven in five scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and walking one. Scherzer said he was dealing with a sore throat and it was nice to only have to throw 85 pitches and leave after five innings with a big lead. Just battled through it, found a way to get it done,” Scherzer said.
Washington Nationals (15-19, fifth in the NL East) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (17-22, fourth in the NL West) Phoenix; Saturday, 8:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Joe Ross (2-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 28 strikeouts) Diamondbacks: Luke Weaver (2-3, 5.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 35 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: Arizona enters the game as losers of their last three games. The Diamondbacks are 8-8 in home games in 2020.
Pavin Smith hustles home on Eduardo Escobar's ground ball, putting the D-backs on the board and making the score 11-1 in the 6th inning