NLDS, Game 2: Giants vs. Nationals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Giants-Nationals series in Washington:

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Travis Ishikwawa
SP Tim Hudson

Save for Hudson, the Giants are going with the same lineup which led to victories in the Wild Card Game and Game 1 against the Nationals. Panik has set a franchise record with five hits in his first two playoff games.

Nationals:
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SP Jordan Zimmermann

No changes here from Game 1 with the exception of Zimmermann. The Nationals managed six hits in the loss yesterday, with Harper and Cabrera collecting solo home runs.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.