Oct 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK — The prospect of a Max Scherzer-Matt Harvey showdown in Game 161 of a pennant race sure sounded like something to get excited about. That was, until the Mets clinched the NL East a week ago, rendering this matchup tonight pretty meaningless.
Actually, given how many regulars are sitting after playing in this afternoon’s opener, either Scherzer or Harvey could be in prime position to do something special tonight. Bryce Harper (who took a fastball off his left shin in Game 1), Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond are all out of the Nationals’ lineup. We’ll get our first-ever look at the Trea Turner-Wilmer Difo double-play combination, which could become a regular thing in future seasons.
The Mets, meanwhile, are resting David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud, creating some potentially favorable matchups for Scherzer, who is seeking his team-leading 14th win while maintaining an ERA under 3.00. (He’s at 2.91 entering this final start).
Updates to come…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 189/869
Weather: Cloudy, 53 degrees, Wind 22 mph in from CF
SS Trea Turner
CF Michael Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
RF Matt den Dekker
LF Tyler Moore
2B Wilmer Difo
RHP Max Scherzer
RF Curtis Granderson
SS Ruben Tejada
LF Michael Conforto
1B Michael Cuddyer
3B Kelly Johnson
CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
C Kevin Plawecki
2B Dilson Herrera
RHP Matt Harvey
HP Tony Randazzo
1B Jim Wolf
2B Gerry Davis (cc)
3B Sean Barber
7:11 p.m. — And we’re underway with a strike from Matt Harvey to Trea Turner.
7:23 p.m. — Some dominant pitching in the first inning. Both Harvey and Max Scherzer retired the side, striking out two batters apiece. Could be that kind of night.
7:35 p.m. — Six batters faced, six batters retired for both pitchers. Harvey has five strikeouts and a foul-pop to the catcher. Scherzer has three strikeouts, two grounders and a flyball.
8:18 p.m. — We’re through five innings, and the Mets don’t have a baserunner yet vs. Scherzer. The Nats do have four men who have reached base vs. Harvey (three singles and a hit batter) but no runs. Wilmer Difo is out of the game after appearing to injure his left hand diving into first base on his infield single. Dan Uggla has taken over at second base.
8:39 p.m. — The Nats take a 1-0 lead in the sixth thanks to a Kelly Johnson error, a nice hit-and-run single from Clint Robinson and Wilson Ramos’ sac fly. The Nats also committed an error in the bottom of the inning, with Yunel Escobar bouncing a throw to first. So Scherzer’s perfect game bid is over. But he is through the sixth without allowing a hit.
8:55 p.m. — Seven innings down and Scherzer still hasn’t allowed a hit. He struck out the side in the seventh. And now he has a 2-0 lead to work with, thanks to Dan Uggla’s first homer since the memorable game-winner in Atlanta on April 28.
9:12 p.m. — Eight innings down. Scherzer has struck out seven in a row and 15 overall. He’s three outs away.
9:27 p.m. — He’s done it! Max Scherzer has become only the sixth pitcher in history to throw two no-hitters in the same year! Nats win 2-0.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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