CHC 14 – WSH 6
I wonder how many times an opponent scored 14 runs in a game started by Max Scherzer?
It can’t be many.
The Cubs tagged Scherzer for 3 ER in 6.0 IP.
Then broke open a one-run game by bludgeoning the Nats ‘pen for 11-runs over the final 3 innings:
2 in the 7th.
5 in the 8th.
4 in the 9th.
Three cheers for Kris Bryant.
4-6, 3 HR, 5 RBI
Second career 3-HR game.
Becomes 12th player to homer in three straight innings:
7th, 8th, and 9th.
Extends his on-base streak to a career-best 26-straight games; also the longest active streak in the majors.
Almora Jr: (2-5, HR, 2 RBI)
445-ft bomb against Mad Max.
Didn’t know he had that distance in him.
Albert last 10 games: 11-39 (.282 avg.)
Worked Kyle Barraclough for 13-pitches then took him opposite field with a 2-R HR in the 8th.
Javy: (2-4, 2 R, 2 BB)
Extends 15-game hitting streak; currently the longest in the majors.
First time this season he has drawn 2 walks in a game.
Rizzo: (1-5, R, K)
Returned after missing 4 games (back).
Cole Hamels: (4-0, 3.13)
5.0 IP — 2 ER, 7 H — 3 BB, 5 K
Won for the fourth time in five starts.
Worked around two bases-loaded jams.
Cubs (7-2) in his nine starts this season.
CJ Edwards: (1-1, 10.50)
Balks in a run.
Throws five pitches.
Records an out via wild pitch and a run down.
Earns an official Hold.
Edwards seems to be in a pattern of taking two steps forward and one step back.
Or is it one step forward and two back?
Either way, he doesn’t appear to be best suited for high-leverage situation.
Max Scherzer: (2-5, 3.72)
Walked a season-high four batters.
Nats have lost all 6 of his home starts.
Washington has yet to win three in a row.
Now (2-13) in series openers.
PACE OF PLAY
There was plenty of action, but it still took 4:09 to play 9-innings.
Speed it up, MLB.
Cubs-Nats combined Friday:
20 runs on 31 hits.
10 pitching changes.
22 left on base.
NEXT – Sat. vs. WSH, 6:05 p.m. CT
Jon Lester (3-1, 1.16)
Steven Strasburg (3-3, 3.63)