Max Scherzer made one bad pitch in the 2nd inning that got pounded for a 2-run HR to put the Nats in a 2-0 deficit. It was all the Padres would get from Scherzer who really dominated during this outing. The Nats clawed back and tied the game in the 5th inning, and walked it off in the 9th inning after an Anthony Rendon single and a Stephen Drew triple that scored Rendon for a 3-2 Nats walk-off win.
Stephen Drew had not played in 6 days as he was hit hard by the flu that has been going around. He said he had lost between 6 to 8 pounds and still was not feeling great on Saturday. Great enough worked on this day.
Jonathan Papelbon earned the win after a scoreless 9th inning to keep the game tied 2-2, and Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Max Scherzer went 7 innings tonight with 10 strikeouts and no walks to keep his team in the game.
Ben Revere was a big part of the offense and defense tonight. Revere had an RBI double and a walk and a run scored. Rendon had 2 hits tonight. Harper had a rare night where he did not get on base and went 0-4 with 4 men left on base. Padres’ manager Andy Green actually pitched around Daniel Murphy for a walk to pitch to Harper who popped up for the last out in the 5th inning.
Both teams had their chances to blow the game open and were unable to do much.
“[Stephen Drew] was pale white, like my shirt,” Ben Revere said. “He was pale white. I could tell he wasn’t feeling good. I mean, everybody’s been there with a little bug, and you can’t eat anything for days and just lose a bunch of weight, but what he did today was definitely big for us. We needed that win to get back on our feet.”
In trade deadline news, here is the news on Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman:
Sources: #Yankees telling clubs that they are close to trading Chapman and will hold Miller.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2016