Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club on Friday night against the Tigers when he hit a Justin Verlander offering to right-center for a solo home run in the first inning. Rodriguez is the 29th player to join the 3,000-hit club and is tied with Roberto Clemente on the all-time leaderboard.
With 61 more hits through the end of the season, Rodriguez could move into 21st all-time with 3,061 hits ahead of Craig Biggio. He would need to get 111 more hits to pass Dave Winfield at #20.
Rodriguez, 39, is batting .281/.386/.521 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI this season. He has 667 home runs and 2,004 RBI in his career spanning 21 seasons.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.