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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, April 16, 2021
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 8,056

Nationals counting on Max Scherzer to relieve bullpen vs. D-backs

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals

  1. The Diamondbacks won the last two games between these teams, in August 2019. Arizona has not had a winning streak of three or more games against Washington since one of four games spanning the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
  2. The Nationals and Cubs are the only major-league teams that have not scored more than six runs in a game this season.
  3. Diamondbacks shortstops (Josh Rojas, Nick Ahmed, Geraldo Perdomo) are a combined 4-for-46 (.087) without an extra-base hit this season. The only major-league team with a lower batting average by shortstops this season is the Brewers (.086).
  4. Juan Soto has hit .222 with two home runs and three RBIs in seven previous games against the Diamondbacks, with no more than one RBI in any of those games.
  5. Eduardo Escobar has hit four home runs this season, as many as he hit in 54 games last season, after he slugged 35 homers in 2019.
  6. This is Patrick Corbin's second start against the Diamondbacks, who he was with from 2012 to 2018. Corbin had no decision in a Nationals loss at Arizona on August 4, 2019. Merrill Kelly has lost three straight starts, dating back to last season, following a stretch during which he was 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA over seven starts, from September 3, 2019 to August 2, 2020.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/15/2021 thru 4/18/2021

Right-hander Max Scherzer will look to provide some relief for the Washington Nationals bullpen Friday in what has been a hectic week.

Scherzer (0-1, 3.75) opposes Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Taylor Widener (1-0, 2.45) in second of a four-game series in Washington, D.C.

The Nationals bullpen has been forced to cover 14 innings over the past three games. Washington starters Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin were chased early in 14-3 and 11-6 losses to the St. Louis Cardinals and Diamondbacks, respectively, sandwiched around a solid six-inning effort by Joe Ross in a win.

Scherzer dueled with Clayton Kershaw in his last start and took the loss despite allowing one run on three hits over six innings in the 3-0 defeat on Sunday. He struck out five with a walk and the only blemish was an RBI double by Zach McKinstry that center fielder Victor Robles lost in the sun near the wall in the second inning.

"Unfortunately, this was one pitch where the ball was able to get down for a double and the run was scored," Scherzer said. "A lot of times that doesn't necessarily beat you, but today it did."

Scherzer began his career with the Diamondbacks (2008-09). Since leaving, he's 7-0 against them with a 2.85 earned run average in nine starts. David Peralta is 5-for-16 (.313) with two homers versus Scherzer, while Eduardo Escobar is 2-for-16 (.125).

Widener (1-0, 2.45) gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings of a no-decision against the Reds last Friday. Cincinnati won 6-5 in 10 innings.

"They were pretty aggressive at times," Widener said. "Overall, just got to make better pitches. I wasn't landing some of the pitches I was last week. ... It's just a good hitting team and capitalized on some mistakes I made."

In his first start, Widener, who has never faced the Nationals, pitched six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on April 4.

Arizona scored 10 runs (nine earned) on six hits, four walks and two hit batters off Nationals starter Corbin, also a former member of the Diamondbacks, on Thursday. On Tuesday, Strasburg gave up eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and five walks over four innings of the loss to the Cardinals.

"As long as these guys are healthy, these are two guys that we lean on and we count on," manager Dave Martinez said. "And I think it's just a matter of time. We've been slowed by a lot of different things. One is Strasburg missed a lot of time (last season). He's got to come back. And Corbin started out on the COVID IL, so we've got to get him back. I truly believe these guys will get back to their form here shortly, and we'll get them rolling again."

Starlin Castro and Josh Harrison homered Thursday for the Nationals. Juan Soto had two hits, raising his average to .378.

One game after blowing an early 5-0 lead and losing to the Athletics, Arizona hung on against Washington, hitting four home runs. Andrew Young had a grand slam and Carson Kelly, Eduardo Escobar and Pavin Smith homered as the Diamondbacks opened a 10-game road trip with a win.

"We were really selective," Kelly said. "I think we stuck to a game plan there and made (Corbin) throw a of pitches and get into good counts. We didn't miss when we got those pitches. We did a good job by sticking to that game plan."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 16, 2021

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