Settling the Scores: Thursday’s results

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A lot of you have today off. I hope you enjoy it, even if there’s only one day game. For those of you who don’t have today off, welp, sorry. Could be worse. You could be the Mets. They have to work too, and they’ve had a way worse week than you.

Scott Kazmir won’t be working today. But he worked pretty hard last night against the Mariners, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing only two hits. Expect him to be highly sought after at the trade deadline. And, given Billy Beane’s tendency to move quickly with deals, perhaps he goes before Cueto and Hamels and anyone else. He’s got a 2.56 ERA on the year and has struck out 92 guys in 98 innings.

Yesterday’s results:

Marlins 5, Giants 4
Indians 5, Rays 4
Pirates 8, Tigers 4
Cubs 6, Mets 1
Brewers 8, Phillies 7
Rangers 2, Orioles 0
Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 6
Braves 2, Nationals 1
Padres 5, Cardinals 3
Twins 2, Royals 0
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 1
Athletics 4, Mariners 0

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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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.