While this season for the Washington Nationals will not produce a post-season team, there have been plenty of highlights from the season like we saw tonight in the Nats 80th win of the season in this 9-4 game that featured Max Scherzer‘s 300th strikeout of the season which is a first for a Nationals pitcher as he joins Walter Johnson as the only pitchers in Washington, D.C. baseball history to accomplish that feat. Scherzer reached the 300 strikeout level giving up only 150 hits in the season which is a record for the fewest hits for a 300 K pitcher. Scherzer also racked up his 18th win of the season and with 1 earned run he also lowered his ERA to 2.53.
Also in this game, Bryce Harper scored his 100th run of the season to join the 100 R and 100 RBI club. Anthony Rendon was 3-3 with 4 RBIs including his 24th HR and the 200th double of his career. Rendon raised his batting average to .312. Tony “Two Bags” now has 91 RBIs on the season with 4 games to go. If he keeps up this pace he could go over 100 RBIs on the season.
This game was really all about Max Scherzer who was electric, and he got the crowd going as he entered the game at 290 strikeouts and tallied up exactly 10 strikeouts in this game to possibly finish his season at 300 strikeouts. This marks Max Scherzer’s 18th game this season where he has struck out at least 10-batters, and the 82nd of his career. With the way the calendar goes, Scherzer could start the final game of the season in Colorado. Stay tuned on that.