This Saturday’s Nationals Yankees game featured two previous Cy Young award winners. One being Max Scherzer and the other Corey Kluber. Scherzer has won three Cy Young awards. While Corey Kluber has won two Cy Young awards. This pitching matchup had a lot of hype surrounding it. Corey Kluber did come off his best start as a Yankee against the Tigers last Saturday. In Kluber’s last start he went 8 innings only allowing 2 hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts. This was his second good start in a row for Kluber. He went for his third consecutive solid start against the Nationals.
The top of the third inning was a scary inning for Kluber. There was a miscue from the first baseman Mike Ford. Victor Robles bunted the ball and Kluber fielded it, but Ford did not cover first base. Kluber had no one to throw to get the out. This lead to a bases-loaded walk from Juan Soto that gave the Nationals a 1-0. The Yankees tied it in the bottom half with a solo home run from Kyle Highashioka!
There was no scoring until the six-inning when Kyle Schwaber doubled and Starlin Castro singled him in. This gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead. This rbi single knocked Kluber out of the game. Kluber was not his sharpest but was not bad either. His final line was 5.2 innings, 6 hits, 2 earned runs 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Then the Yankees bats went quiet in the bottom half of the sixth.
Max Scherzer’s day ended brilliantly with Mike Ford popping out, which was the final batter Scherzer had to face. His final line was an impressive 7.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and 14 strikeouts. He made the Yankee’s hitters feel lifeless.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Yankees were down to their final three outs. They were trailing the Nationals 2-1. Brad Hand came into the game for the save. Coming into that inning he was a perfect 3/3 in save opportunities. DJ Lemehieu started the rally with a walk. He represented the tying run. The next batter was Giancarlo Stanton who hit the ball hard to third baseman Starlin Castro.
It was hit so hard that it ate him up and he was only able to get them out at first. DJ was able to easily move to second on that play. Judge as the next hitter hit a bloop single to move DJ to third with only one out. Then the Yankees had runners on the corners for Gleyber Torres. Torres got the job done and tied the game with a single to the right-field! The inning ended with the game tied at 2.
The Nationals used pitch runner Andrew Stevenson as the placed runner on second base for the top of the 10th. Stevenson eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Trea Turner. Again the Yankees were down to the final three outs for the second straight inning. The placed runner on second for the Yankees was Clint Fraizer. Mike Ford tied the game with a single to left field! This hit tied the game at 3!
Justin Wilson did a nice job shutting the door on the Nationals in the top of the eleventh. Tanner Rainey came in for the Nationals and was extremely wild. He walked both Stanton and Judge. This allowed the winning run Lemhieu to head to third base. Gleyber Torres came up with the bases loaded and a chance to win the game. He hit a little dribbler down the third baseline to score DJ. It was not hit hard but again Gleyeber got the job done. The Yankees won the game by a final of 4-3. Scherzer was brilliant but the Yankees rallied late for an impressive comeback victory. The Yankees look to win the series against the Nationals tomorrow afternoon.