Bruised ace Scherzer leads Nationals to sweep of Phillies

WASHINGTON (AP) With a broken nose, pronounced black eye and seven shutout innings, Max Scherzer provided a striking capper to the Washington Nationals' day-night doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Scherzer himself? He shrugged off his work in the Nationals' 2-0 victory Wednesday night as business as usual.

''Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually is,'' Scherzer said. ''I felt zero pain. There's been plenty of other injuries where I felt a lot of pain and I've had to pitch through. I'll hang my hat on those starts, but tonight I felt zero pain. This is part of what you have to do. You take the ball every fifth time.

''That's my responsibility to the team, to make sure I always post, and I knew I could post tonight.''

Brian Dozier and Victor Robles hit solo homers to support Scherzer (6-5) as Washington won for the 16th time in 23 games. Philadelphia has dropped seven of its last nine and 12 of 18.

In the first game, Patrick Corbin struck out eight while allowing one run over seven innings as the Nationals earned a 6-2 victory in the delayed series opener after the teams were rained out Monday and Tuesday.

Scherzer bunted a ball off his face during batting practice Tuesday, but it didn't stop him from making his scheduled start. His injury may have provided an extra layer of intimidation in the form of a black eye more worthy of a boxing ring than a baseball diamond.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner sported a pronounced bruise arcing beneath his right eye, adding another hue to a glare that already featured one blue eye and one brown eye.

''Going out there and throwing, the only thing I had to deal with was the swelling underneath the eye,'' Scherzer said. ''It was kind of jiggling around, and so in warmups I just had to get used to knowing what it was feeling like to throw the ball and just have that swelling.''

While he wasn't at his most efficient on a humid night, piling up 117 pitches, Scherzer was rarely threatened. He struck out 10, yielded only four hits and permitted just two runners to reach scoring position. And he finished strong, striking out three in a row after Cesar Hernandez led off the seventh with a double.

''It really is one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while,'' Dozier said. ''He's probably the best pitcher in our generation, and you don't get that status unless you take the ball every fifth day, no matter if you're doing good, doing bad, you got a broken nose. You always want the ball.''

Bryce Harper, Scherzer's former Nationals teammate, was 0 for 4 with four walks in the doubleheader and was loudly booed before each plate appearance - especially in the better-attended nightcap. This series is his second trip back to Washington, where he played from 2012-18, since signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia in March.

Dozier belted a two-out solo shot in the second off Jake Arrieta (6-6), who allowed two hits and struck out three over six innings and had the misfortune of matching up with Scherzer on the wrong day.

''Max is just one of the best to ever toe the rubber, honestly,'' Arietta said. ''We have ran into him a couple of times. That's just what he does. He is tough to square up, and he is throwing three or four pitches for strikes with electric stuff. Just a tough one.''

Robles homered off reliever Pat Neshek in the eighth. Neshek departed two batters later with a left hamstring strain, and manager Gabe Kapler said he was likely to land on the injured list less than a week after returning from an absence of more than three weeks caused by a shoulder strain.

Wander Suero pitched a perfect eighth for Washington, and Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 tries.

Philadelphia was 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position between the two games.

Corbin (6-5), whose start was pushed back twice this week, allowed a solo homer to Scott Kingery in the first inning of the opener. But he let just one other runner to reach third while ending a personal three-game skid.

''It's not ideal, but you have to deal with it to make sure you are ready,'' said Corbin, who is one strikeout shy of 1,000 for his career. ''I was glad we got that one in today.''

Dozier and Gerardo Parra had RBI doubles against Phillies starter Zach Eflin (6-7). They later hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning off Cole Irvin to seal the victory.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto (groin) started the opening game and went 0 for 4, the struck out as a pinch hitter in the second contest in his first action since Saturday. ... OF Jay Bruce (left hamstring), who had not played since Saturday, started the second game in left and was 1 for 4. ... LHP Adam Morgan (forearm strain) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehabilitation appearance Wednesday for Double-A Reading.

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki, who left Sunday's game with a neck injury, started the second game and went 0 for 3.

PARRA'S SHARK ATTACK

Parra debuted an eyebrow-raising walk-up music selection: ''Baby Shark,'' a popular children's song. Parra was in an 0-for-22 slump entering the day, but was 2 for 4 in the opener.

''I wanted to put in something different,'' Parra said. ''My (2-year-old) daughter knows that song. ... I said, `You know what, I am going to put in `Baby Shark.'''

26TH MEN

Philadelphia recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley as its 26th man for the doubleheader. Suarez allowed four earned runs in four innings on June 10 in his only other appearance for the Phillies this season. ... Washington summoned RHP Austin Voth from Triple-A Fresno. Voth, who is 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA this season, pitched in four games for the Nationals last season.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.89) is scheduled to start against the Nationals on Thursday. Nola is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts this month.

Nationals: Washington changed their pitching plans for the series finale. RHP Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.68) will now start Thursday, bumping RHP Stephen Strasburg to Friday against Atlanta.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (6-5)L: J. Arrieta (6-6)S: S. Doolittle (15)
  • HR: WAS - B. Dozier (12), V. Robles (10)
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C. Hernandez 2B40100011.264.321.424.7451.5
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  • a-struck out for Arrieta in the 7th
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M. Adams 1B30000013.252.277.519.796-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Suero in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Hernandez (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery, R. Hoskins, J. Bruce, B. Miller, A. Knapp, J. Realmuto
BATTING
  • HR - B. Dozier (12), V. Robles (10)
  • RBI - B. Dozier (28), V. Robles (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon 2 (2), M. Adams, B. Dozier
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (12), J. Soto (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Segura-Hoskins)
  • E - J. Arrieta (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta (L, 6-6)6.02111314.121.3913.5
J. Nicasio1.01000104.201.502.5
P. Neshek0.21111015.001.39-3.0
J. Hammer0.10001004.051.05-1.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta (L, 6-6)6.0
J. Nicasio1.0
P. Neshek0.2
J. Hammer0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 6-5)7.040021002.621.0630.0
W. Suero (H, 6)1.00000206.141.364.0
S. Doolittle (S, 15)1.00000003.341.3110.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 6-5)7.0
W. Suero (H, 6)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 15)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 85-53, J. Nicasio 26-18, P. Neshek 11-6, J. Hammer 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 9-5, J. Nicasio 1-1, P. Neshek 1-1, J. Hammer 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 20, J. Nicasio 4, P. Neshek 4, J. Hammer 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 117-76, W. Suero 13-7, S. Doolittle 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 3-8, S. Doolittle 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 3
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B. Harper RF20000201.243.360.457.8172.0
S. Kingery CF40000023.338.377.6621.038-1.0
R. Hoskins 1B40000012.268.395.514.909-0.5
J. Bruce LF40100001.231.293.567.8601.0
C. Hernandez 2B40100011.264.321.424.7451.5
B. Miller 3B30100022.286.348.476.8240.0
A. Knapp C30000022.175.319.263.582-1.0
J. Arrieta P20000020.138.138.138.276-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Arrieta in the 7th
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T. Turner SS30000110.275.331.507.8382.5
A. Eaton RF30100100.280.365.399.7642.0
A. Rendon 3B40000013.309.402.6361.038-0.5
J. Soto LF20100101.296.396.502.8984.0
M. Adams 1B30000013.252.277.519.796-0.5
B. Dozier 2B31111001.235.318.442.7606.0
K. Suzuki C30000010.273.321.484.806-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Suero in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Hernandez (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery, R. Hoskins, J. Bruce, B. Miller, A. Knapp, J. Realmuto
BATTING
  • HR - B. Dozier (12), V. Robles (10)
  • RBI - B. Dozier (28), V. Robles (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon 2 (2), M. Adams, B. Dozier
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (12), J. Soto (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Segura-Hoskins)
  • E - J. Arrieta (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta (L, 6-6)6.02111314.121.3913.5
J. Nicasio1.01000104.201.502.5
P. Neshek0.21111015.001.39-3.0
J. Hammer0.10001004.051.05-1.0
Total8.0422342---
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta (L, 6-6)6.0
J. Nicasio1.0
P. Neshek0.2
J. Hammer0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 6-5)7.040021002.621.0630.0
W. Suero (H, 6)1.00000206.141.364.0
S. Doolittle (S, 15)1.00000003.341.3110.0
Total9.04002120---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 6-5)7.0
W. Suero (H, 6)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 15)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 85-53, J. Nicasio 26-18, P. Neshek 11-6, J. Hammer 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 9-5, J. Nicasio 1-1, P. Neshek 1-1, J. Hammer 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 20, J. Nicasio 4, P. Neshek 4, J. Hammer 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 117-76, W. Suero 13-7, S. Doolittle 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 3-8, S. Doolittle 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Robles homered to left center02
  • 2ND INNING
    Dozier homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Hoskins popped out to third
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Bruce fouled out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Hernandez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wander Suero relieved Max Scherzer
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Harper lined out to left
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pat Neshek relieved Juan Nicasio
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles homered to left center
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Wander Suero
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Parra flied out to left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball
    • Turner walked
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Turner stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton walked
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Hernandez doubled to deep right center
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • J.T. Realmuto hit for Jake Arrieta
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Nicasio pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon flied out to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Soto singled to left
    • M. Adams: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto stole second, Foul, Dozier grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kingery popped out to second
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Hoskins reached on fielder's choice to second, Harper out at second
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce popped out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Scherzer lined out to right
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • J. Arrieta: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arrieta struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Segura fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier popped out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Robles grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Foul, Hoskins lined out to center
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Ball, Eaton singled to center
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Eaton to second on pitcher Arrieta throwing error, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to first, Eaton to third
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adams lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Arrieta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Arrieta struck out looking
    • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Segura fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robles fouled out to first
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Scherzer grounded out to third
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to center
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller singled to center
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Knapp flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • M. Adams: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Adams grounded into double play shortstop to first, Soto out at second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier homered to left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Segura singled to left center
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harper fouled out to left, Segura to second
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Kingery grounded out to first, Segura to third
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner grounded out to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rendon grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)