There was probably a lot of pressure on Alex Rodriguez in his last game in pinstripes. It was probably amped up a bit given the rain delay and pregame ceremonies which pushed the start of the game back a good deal. But if he was feeling the pressure he got past it.
A-Rod came to the bat against Chris Archer with a runner on in the first inning and served up an RBI double to deep center field:
I may be crazy, but I’m pretty sure that was a “F**k yeah!” from A-Rod as he got to second base, right at the 16 second mark. Can’t say as I blame him.
The RBI was his 2,086th of his career. He trails only Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth on the all-time list. The double, his 548th, put him past Manny Ramirez into sole possession of 30th place.
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.