Less than 24 hours after Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the National League Championship Series, Max Scherzer followed suit. Scherzer pitched six no-hit innings in guiding the Nationals to a 3-1 win. Washington took both games in St. Louis and leads the Cardinals 2-0 heading back to DC for Game 3.
Scherzer ran up his pitch count early, but the Cardinals could not get anything going. He walked Kolten Wong in the bottom of the first and then retired 16 straight batters. Dexter Fowler drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth before Wong grounded out to end the inning. Scherzer finally gave up a hit to start the seventh inning when Paul Goldschmidt singled to left field.
Michael A. Taylor got the Nationals on the board in the third with a solo home run. Their offense could not get anything else going until the eighth inning. Matt Adams pinch-hit for Scherzer and hit a one-out single. Trea Turner followed with a single and then Adam Eaton doubled to plate Adams and Turner.
The insurance proved key in the bottom of the eighth. Sean Doolittle set down the first two batters, but after Paul DeJong singled, pinch-hitter Jose Martinez hit one to dead center that Michael A. Taylor misplayed. It went over his head to score DeJong and cut the Nationals lead to 3-1.
Manager Davey Martinez called on potential Game 4 starter Patrick Corbin to face Kolten Wong in the ninth and Corbin got a grounder for the first out. Closer Daniel Hudson came on for the final two outs to lock down the victory.
The series moves to DC for the next three games (if necessary). Game 3 gets going at 7:38 p.m. on Monday, airing on TBS. Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nationals and Jack Flaherty will start for the Cardinals.