Max Scherzer carries a no-hit bid into the 7th inning, leading the Nationals past the Cardinals 3-1 for a 2-0 NLCS lead

Chicago Tribune Sports 1 week ago

Max Scherzer followed Anibal Sanchez’s near no-hitter with a try of his own, and the Nationals beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Scherzer didn’t allow a hit until Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh inning with a single that left fielder Juan Soto played conservatively with a one-run lead. A day earlier, Sanchez held the Cardinals hitless until Jose Martinez had a pinch-single with two outs in the eighth.

Sanchez and Scherzer also began the 2013 ALCS with consecutive no-hit bids of at least five innings for the Tigers against the Red Sox.

Scherzer, a St. Louis native who played college ball at Missouri, struck out 11 and walked two in seven innings.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Cardinals. Ace Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the wild-card Nationals when the best-of-seven series moves to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night. Jack Flaherty pitches for the Cards.

The Cardinals got another solid performance from Adam Wainwright, who struck out 11 in 7⅓ innings.

But after getting only one hit in the opener, the Cardinals’ inconsistent lineup managed just three hits against Scherzer and the Nationals bullpen.

The NL Central champions got their first run of the series Saturday when center fielder Michael A. Taylor misplayed Martinez’s pinch-hit liner into an RBI double with two outs in the eighth. But Dexter Fowler flied out on Sean Doolittle’s next pitch.

Patrick Corbin got the first out of the ninth before Daniel Hudson closed for his third save of the playoffs. The right-hander was reinstated from the postseason paternity list before the game after he missed Game 1 to be with his wife, Sara, for the birth of their third child, Millie.

Corbin is expected to start Game 4 for the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Scherzer, who has pitched two no-hitters, has a record five career postseason no-hit bids of at least five innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The three-time Cy Young Award winner came closest to finishing in Game 3 of the 2017 NL Division Series, getting one out in the seventh inning before allowing a hit.

There have only been two postseason no-hitters. Don Larsen threw a perfect game for the Yankees against Brooklyn in the 1956 World Series, and Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter for the Phillies in the 2010 NL Division Series.

The Cardinals got one baserunner into scoring position against Scherzer. Kolten Wong walked with one out in the first and stole second, but Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna struck out.

After Goldschmidt’s hit, Ozuna struck out again and Yadier Molina bounced into an inning-ending double play on Scherzer’s final pitch.

The Nationals went ahead to stay when Taylor homered on Wainwright’s first pitch of the third. They added two more on Adam Eaton’s two-run double down the first-base line with one out in the eighth.


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