Three straight homers off Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer in the first inning had the Arizona Diamondbacks set up for an easy victory over the NL East leaders. Instead, they needed Brandon Drury's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory Friday night. The home runs by David Peralta, Pollock and Jake Lamb to start their first at-bat helped stake the Diamondbacks to a 5-0 lead against Scherzer. "We did a great job getting his pitch count up and also putting runs on him," the Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock said. "Great getting on him early. We would've loved to have (scrapped) a couple of runs in the middle of the game, but the key point is we won the game and we came through
Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez has solid surface numbers, but he’s not likely to keep it up. Let’s continue looking at hitter’s counts by focusing on the pitchers who struggle in limiting then. Here are the details on how pitches per plate appearance and hitter’s counts are at all-time highs and how that relates to the generally poor pitching in 2017.
Max Scherzer got knocked around by the D-Backs early in the series opener last night, but (say it with me) settled in nicely after giving up five runs in the first two innings of what ended up being a 6-5 loss. It wasn’t a typical Scherzer outing at the start, but by the end of his outing he looked more like himself. He told reporters after the game that the Diamondbacks just had a good game plan against him. The Nationals fought back from the early deficit to tie it in the eighth, then lost it in the ninth. Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three in Chase Field. NATS BEAT: Shawn Kelley says he feels ‘100 percent’ after 30 pitches in bullpen "Shawn