Washington rode a fine outing from starter Max Scherzer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
Scherzer was dealing all game. He kept the Dodgers’ hitters off-balance, evidenced by just two hits allowed over eight innings. Scherzer needed just 103 pitches to get through eight frames. He allowed two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out seven. Aside from the lack of strikeouts, it was a vintage Scherzer performance.
“The key at this level is throwing strike one,” said Scherzer. “Successful pitchers do it.“
Max, my dude, awesome insight.
Julio Urias matched Scherzer as best he could with his best outing of the season: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 95 pitches, 60 strikes. Adam Kolarek got through the seventh inning and, for some reason, Dave Roberts decided to allow him to face five Washington hitters. That ended up being a mistake. With a 1-1 tie in the eighth, he allowed Yan Gomes to reach. Pedro Baez relieved him and gave up run-scoring singles to Howie Kendrick and Carter Kieboom. The Dodgers countered with a run in the bottom of the eighth before Sean Doolittle threw a perfect ninth inning to record the save.
Joe Kelly came out after one pitch and was placed on the 15-day injured list following the game due to shoulder inflammation. He’s expected to miss 6-7 weeks. The Dodgers purchased the contract of Edubray Ramos from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Kelly’s spot.