Nobody needs to explain to a team like the Philadelphia Phillies just how hard it can be to face a talent pitcher like Max Scherzer since the Washington Nationals star is always capable of having a monster game with double-digit strikeouts, which was exactly the case on Sunday. Rhys Hoskins' RBI double gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead and he came around to score on Odubel Herrera's third hit of the day. He walked pinch hitter Pedro Severino with the bases loaded to tie it and Wilmer Difo followed with a winning single. He gave up a run on five hits and two walks. The Phillies are 18-14 SU and have gone 11-20 ATS.
Yes, Arrieta is coming off his worst start of the season - six runs, 10 baserunners in 3⅔ innings in Miami - but he is obviously a far cry from the names on that list.
Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision Sunday, with Nationals closer Sean Doolittle (1-1) getting credit for the win by getting three outs in the ninth.More news: Florida woman finds cockroach in her ear
In the visiting dugout, Philadelphia's pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 4.12 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.03 K/9.
The Phillies trailed 1-0 before a three-run seventh that began against Scherzer, who left after recording his 15th strikeout on his 111th pitch. The game's current runline odds stand at -135 for betting the Phillies +1.5 runs and +115 for the Nationals -1.5 runs.
ATLANTA - Andrew Suarez outpitched Mike Soroka in a rookie matchup, and San Francisco survived Atlanta's ninth-inning rally for a 4-3 win on Sunday and the Giants' first series sweep of the Braves in four years.
Matt Adams added a two-run homer for Washington and made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Maikel Franco of at least extra bases.More news: The Penguins and Capitals are each in unfamiliar territory
Carlos Santana and Franco hit back-to-back homers in the sixth for the Phillies. Since 2014, Arrieta has allowed just 6.6 hits per nine innings, second-fewest in the majors over that span behind only Clayton Kershaw. "It's tough to come out of the game, but you understand why you have to".
But that wasn't actually his most impressive play of the game.
Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, still sore after diving in Friday's game, said he hopes to be back in the lineup Monday barring any setbacks. RHP Shawn Kelley (elbow irritation) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing with Class A Potomac.
Jake Arrieta will be toeing the rubber for the Phillies in this one and he has gone 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in five starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP in two starts on the road.More news: Yogi Adityanath leaves campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka to reach Agra