The Washington Nationals drop their 7-3 decision against the New York Mets on the eve of the trade deadline…
Corbin vs. NYM:
Patrick Corbin’s start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles last week was an absolute disaster two-thirds of an inning of an outing, in which he allowed seven hits and six earned runs in a 7- 1 on the road in which he threw 45 pitches before his manager ended his appearance.
“He faced 10 batters. He was behind five, five of them,” Martinez said. “And then the guys he got ahead of, he just couldn’t keep them away. That was the big problem. And he had a lot of throws, so we had to go get him.
“We could have gotten him out of there hopefully at around 40 pitches and then we’ll see maybe what he does the next two innings,” the fifth-year skipper said.
“But that just wasn’t going to happen, you know. At some point, around the 40th pitch, I was starting to get a little worried. I don’t want to hurt him.
Looking to bounce back from the tough outing, Corbin took on the Mets tonight and got off to a good start with a 12 pitch, 1-2-3 first, and he came out for the second 1-0, but a first step. , and one-out and two-out hits tied things up with Pete Alonso taking a free pass, taking second on a hit with one out from Mark Cahna and scoring on a two-out single to the right by Jeff McNeil, 1- 1. And 2-1 on an RBI single to the center of Tomás Nido. Starling Marte followed later in the set with a base-loaded RBI shot to the right, but after McNeil scored, Juan Soto’s pitch beat Nido at home for No. 3 from a 38-pitch frame. Corbin finished the set at 50 overall after two, trailing 3-1.
Alonso made it 4-1 with a straight left home run on a first-pitch slider in a strikeout high on the third. Alonso’s 27th had a 17° launch angle, traveled 390 feet, and was 111 MPH from the start. He was crushed.
Corbin came back for the fifth, at 86 pitches, and eliminated Francisco Lindor on his 90th and last pitch of the game…
Patrick Corbin’s line: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 90 P, 58 S, 4/4 GO/FO.
Scherzer back in DC:
Max Scherzer was unsure how he would be received in the nation’s capital on his first start for New York against the Washington Nationals for whom he pitched from 2015-2021. Scherzer was traded to the LA Dodgers on July 30, then he signed with the Mets as a free agent, taking a 3-year/$130 million deal to join rival Nats NL East.
“It’s for the fans,” Scherzer said of what he expected in terms of reception at DC’s “Whatever They Want.”
He was enthusiastic about the atmosphere in his old home park.
“Lots of great memories here, there will always be great memories here, but nothing lasts forever,” the three-time Cy Young Award winner told reporters.
“And as my baseball journey continues,” he added, “I’m here in New York and excited for what the future holds.”
Scherzer had six hits in the first outing against his former team, allowing six hits, one walk and three earned runs in a 7-3 win in early April.
Despite running out of time with an oblique strain from mid-May to early July, Scherzer posted solid numbers in the first three months of his 15th season in the big league, with a 2.09 ERA, 2.50 FIP, 15 steps, 104 K and a . Line 201/.256/.306 against in 82 IP before today.
Juan Soto took the 16th step in 82 2⁄3 Scherzer’s IP with two outs in the first tonight, and he scored in the next at-bat, when Josh Bell fielded a right double, and Mets right fielder Starling Marte pitched to second without anyone as Soto took third, and Soto scored on the play, as Bell took third, with no one either. Defensive collapse there. 1-0 Nats after one.
It was 4-1 Mets in the fourth, and Scherzer was up to seven consecutive national championships in retirement, when Juan Soto hit a 96 mph fastball, 1-1 to center field, 421 feet infield central, for a first shot that made it 4-2 in favor of NY. Soto on the 21st of 2022.
Yadiel Hernández, Nelson Cruz and Luis García, on three straight pitches, connected for three straight singles after Soto’s outburst, Hernández scoring on Garcia’s shot to left field, 4-3.
By the time the Mets starter came out in the sixth, at 83 pitches, the Mets were leading 7-3, and he worked around a two-out single in a 10-pitch frame, then Scherzer had two outs in the seventh. before it was lifted…
Line of Max Scherzer: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR, 105 P, 70 S, 4/6 ALLER/FO.
Andres Machado replaced Patrick Corbin after the southpaw recorded the first out of the fifth inning, and the right-handed reliever put two runners in but blocked them both.
Machado gave up a two-out brace by Brandon Nimmo in the sixth, and was replaced by Steve Cishek, who hit Starling Marte (which had Mets skipper Buck Showalter using salty language as he checked his batter). Francisco Lindor stepped in next, and Lindor hit a three-point shot into the left-field bullpen, 7-3 Mets. No. 18 for Lindor. Shooting from 396 feet.
Erasmo Ramirez gave up two singles but completed a scoreless top of the seventh to keep a four-run game.
Victor Arano worked around a first single for a scoreless eighth.
Mets left-hander Joely Rodriguez, who finished seventh for the Mets, came back late in the eighth and got two outs after an early walk to Juan Soto. Adam Ottavino then collected the ball and released the No. 3.
Hunter Harvey’s scoreless high in the ninth kept the score at 7-3, but the Nationals went empty in the bottom of the inning.
Nationals now 35-69