Tonight’s game finished with win number 84 for the Washington Nationals as the 0-0 game turned to 3-0 in the bottom of the 8th on one swing by Bryce Harper where he pulled a three-run home run! All of this on a night when Trea Turner went 0-4.
Max Scherzer threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings as he left in a 0-0 game and labored through the latter innings as his pitch count grew over 100 pitches, and he finished with 117 pitches. Scherzer bettered his ERA down to 2.87 which is 4th best in the National League and 6th best in the Majors. Mark Melancon earned another save for his 40th of the season getting a quick 1-2-3 9th inning.
Bryce Harper, with his 3 RBIs tonight, has 80 RBIs on the season and with a hot finish could reach 100.
The Nationals are also at a season’s best 26 games over .500 (84-58) with just 20 games remaining in the regular season.