Scherzer goes for five as Nats win game one of World Series
HOUSTON - Mizzou alum Max Scherzer pitched five innings, as the Nationals win game one of the World Series against the Astros.
The St. Louis native got off to a poor start. After allowing a hit and a walk, Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run RBI double off Scherzer to give Houston an early 2-0 lead. This was Scherzer's first extra base hit allowed in his last 14 innings.
Washington's offense helped out their pitcher the top of second inning. Ryan Zimmerman homered to deep center to make it 2-1.
Scherzer had a better second and third inning, allowing a couple of hits but no earned runs, keeping the Nats within one.
This would prove to be key in the top of the fourth as the Nats offense, helped by the improved pitching of Scherzer, continued to step up. Twenty-year-old Juan Soto jacked a huge home run to tie the game at two.
Scherzer would get out of jam with runners on first and second in the fourth to keep the game level at two.
The Nats would continue to capitalize on offense in the top of the fifth. An RBI single from Adam Eaton gave Washington a 3-2 lead. The youngster Soto would make another huge contribution with an RBI double to left center that drove in two more runs giving the Nats a 5-2 lead.
Scherzer broke 100 pitches in the sixth but seemed to improve with each one. The right-hander got his first no-hit inning to send the Nats to the sixth still up 5-2. This is how his night would end as he was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by Patrick Corbin.
George Springier made it 5-3 with a solo home run the the bottom of the seventh, and would bring the Astros within one in the eighth with an RBI double hit to right center.
Four runs was all the Astros could manage, however. Solid relief pitching helped earn Max Scherzer the Game One win.
A rocky start would be overcome well by the veteran Scherzer. He grinded out his performance with his only scoring hiccup being those two early runs. He finished the game playing 5.0 innings with five hits, two runs, and seven strikeouts, earning the win as the Nats hang on for a 5-4 victory.