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Nationals 2, Tigers 1: Scherzer dominates in surprise pitcher’s duel

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The Tigers got a solid performance out of Jordan Zimmermann but were shut down by Max Scherzer and the Nats.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Detroit Tigers Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

There was little doubt coming into Sunday’s game that former Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer would dominate the home team’s anemic offense. And dominate he did, to the tune of 14 strikeouts over eight innings en route to a 2-1 victory for the Washington Nationals. The loss resulted in the Tigers dropping the three-game series, as well as left them with a 5-20 record for the month of June. Woof.

Despite the downside, there were a few bright spots in today’s game, mostly on the pitching side. Former Nationals hurler Jordan Zimmermann put up a solid performance, allowing only one run in six innings pitched, surrendering four hits and two walks and striking out four in the process. His outing was his best since April 2nd at Yankee Stadium and his third best of the season overall.

The Tigers did not have much to show for on offense, asides from Brandon Dixon’s solo home run in the seventh inning. His eleven dingers for the season sets his career high and leads the Tigers as the calendar flips to July. The rest of the team’s five hits this afternoon were spread across four other batters, including a Niko Goodrum double off of Scherzer in the second.

While the loss was disappointing, the pitching staff kept the Nationals’ bats at bay and held the game close until the final out. Unfortunately, after Buck Farmer and Daniel Stumpf navigated through a seventh inning that saw the away team threaten but not score, setup man Joe Jiménez just could not keep the Nats off the board in the eighth, surrendering a solo home run to Anthony Rondon, breaking the 1-1 tie. Despite two quality scoreless innings from Jose Cisnero following Jiménez, that dinger ended up being the last nail in the Tigers’ coffin on Sunday.

Game Summary:

The Good: Hey, Jordan Zimmermann pitched pretty darn well, which is always a welcomed event. He managed to effectively eat some innings and kept the Tigers in a game they were expected to lose.

The Bad: Joe Jiménez has just not been himself this season. The homeritis bug has bitten him, and he just cannot find any consistency with the slider. Hopefully he can sort himself out soon.

The Ugly: There was an expected amount of futility in facing flame-thrower Max Scherzer, but the offense continues to be a major liability for this team. It did not help that Miguel Cabrera sat this game out until his pinch-hit appearance. Special mention to the Tigers’ 5-20 record in June.

Poll

Who was the player of the game?

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  • 37%
    Jordan Zimmermann
    (130 votes)
  • 5%
    Brandon Dixon
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Jose Cisnero
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Niko Goodrum
    (0 votes)
  • 54%
    Max Scherzer
    (186 votes)
344 votes total Vote Now