Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker loves to ride his starting pitchers to wins but he may have left his ace in too long during Wednesday's 8-2 loss against the Atlanta Braves.
Reigning MLB Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer had thrown 95 pitches through six innings in a 2-2 tie at Nationals Park, however, Baker decided to send his ace back out for the seventh inning. Sure, Scherzer should be able to mow down the 8-9-1 hitters for a team 13 games below .500, right?
Wrong. Scherzer failed to record an out. He issued four walks and a single in the seventh, an eventual six-run inning that cost the Nationals the game. Scherzer was tagged for seven runs on seven hits with six walks, the most he has issued in a game since 2013.
Cleveland Indians 5-3 Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals 3-5 Chicago White Sox
Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Miami Marlins
Boston Red Sox 3-7 Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers 1-8 Seattle Mariners
Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 Pittsburgh Pirates
Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants 1-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Tampa Bay Rays 2-3 New York Yankees
Washington Nationals 2-8 Atlanta Braves
Toronto Blue Jays 1-2 Baltimore Orioles
Chicago Cubs 17-5 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 3-1 San Diego Padres
St Louis Cardinals 0-6 Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Angels 9-1 Houston Astros
MILESTONES FOR MCCUTCHEN AND GOLDSCHMIDT
Andrew McCutchen went just one for five in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers but it was what he did with that one hit that was special. In the first inning, McCutchen connected on the 200th home run of his career.
Similarly, Paul Goldschmidt recorded one of the biggest milestones of his career. With two hits against the Rockies, Goldschmidt tallied the 999th and 1,000th hits of his career.
FIERS FALTERS FOR ASTROS
Astros' Mike Fiers tossed a little more than three innings, gave up 10 hits, walked one and allowed eight earned runs in a loss to the Angels. His ERA is now above 10 in the months of August and September.
PHILLIPS SHOWS WORTH
Brett Phillips was one of the additions for the Brewers in their trade of Carlos Gomez in 2015. One of the reasons for the excitement in picking Phillips up was his arm. He showed off that cannon.
MARLINS AT PHILLIES
Early in the season, every Aaron Judge at-bat was must-watch television. Now every time Rhys Hoskins steps to the plate for the Phillies, people are paying attention. After smacking his 17th home run in 33 career games on Wednesday, Hoskins will look for more against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena (13-6, 3.61 ERA).