Scherzer’s gem puts Nats up 2-0 in NLCS
For the second time in as many National League Championship Series games, a Washington starter took a no-hitter deep into the game shut down the St. Louis Cardinals at home as the Nationals won 3-1 Saturday at Busch Stadium to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
One night after Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Max Scherzer no-hit the Cardinals through six innings before Paul Goldschmidt’s sinking liner got down in front of Juan Soto leading off the seventh. Incredibly, the two pitchers each held no-hitters through five innings in Games 1 and 2 of the 2013 American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox when they were teammates on the Detroit Tigers.
Both pitchers dominated early, throwing through the tough shadows that sprawled across the infield. Adam Wainwright struck out 11 in 7.1 innings of work, while Scherzer allowed just a single hit and two walks over seven frames while also striking out 11.
Michael A. Taylor continued his impressive postseason, driving the first pitch of the top of the third inning into the left field seats to put the Nats on top. Adam Eaton added the other two runs with a double just inside the first base bag in the eighth, scoring Matt Adams and Trea Turner.
Sean Doolittle came on for the second straight night, and looked like he might throw another scoreless frame, but pinch-hitter Jose Martinez’s liner was misplayed by Taylor in center, allowing Paul DeJong to score from first base for the Cardinals’ only run. Patrick Corbin got the first out of the ninth, while Daniel Hudson, who missed Game 1 on the paternity list, locked down the save.
The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 Monday at 7:38 p.m., as Stephen Strasburg takes on Jack Flaherty in a matchup of Cy Young contenders.