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Christian Yelich puts Brewers ahead 1-0 in third inning

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The Cubs and Brewers felt each other out for the first two innings but the Brewers have drawn first blood with two outs in the top of the third.

Orlando Arcia led the inning off with a single, and the pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin, sacrificed him to second. It was an interesting play as there were two strikes when Chacin laid that bunt down. It was hit hard and may very well have rolled foul if Anthony Rizzo had let it go. If that had happened, he’d be out on a strikeout and Arcia would be stuck at first base. Honestly, though: almost all players in Rizzo’s shoes field that ball and tag Chacin out to guarantee the out.

Arcia reaching second was key, however, as he advanced to third on a Lorenzo Cain groundout. It was a groundout, by the way, that would’ve been a single up the middle against most teams, but Javier Baez ranged far up the middle from short to cut it off and throw Cain out. So, runner on third, two out, Christian Yelich up to bat.

Do you walk Yelich here? I know a lot of teams would. The Cardinals sure as heck took that approach against the Brewers last weekend when they played each other and many other clubs might be inclined to treat the likely NL MVP winner like he’s Barry Bonds or something and let someone else beat you. Jose Quintana was not given such orders, however. He delivered a fat 1-1 pitch which Yelich served up to right-center, driving in Arcia and putting the Brewers ahead 1-0:

And on we go.

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.