Maeda is 5-2 in nine starts this season, with a 3.51 ERA and 52 strikeouts.
Maeda had his best outing of the season in a win over the San Diego Padres Wednesday, striking out 12 without a walk over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He also knocked in two runs.
In other roster moves, the Dodgers recalled infielder Matt Beaty and selected the contract of outfielder Kyle Garlick.
Phillies vs. Nationals – Game Recap – June 19, 2019
WASHINGTON — With a broken nose, pronounced black eye and seven shutout innings, Max Scherzer provided a striking capper to the Washington Nationals‘ day-night doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Scherzer himself? He shrugged off his work in the Nationals’ 2-0 victory Wednesday night as business as usual.
“Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually is,” Scherzer said. “I felt zero pain. There’s been plenty of other injuries where I felt a lot of pain and I’ve had to pitch through. I’ll hang my hat on those starts, but tonight I felt zero pain. This is part of what you have to do. You take the ball every fifth time.
“That’s my responsibility to the team, to make sure I always post, and I knew I could post tonight.”
In the first game, Patrick Corbin struck out eight while allowing one run over seven innings as the Nationals earned a 6-2 victory in the delayed series opener after the teams were rained out Monday and Tuesday.
Scherzer bunted a ball off his face during Tuesday’s batting practice, but it didn’t stop him from making his scheduled start. His injury might have provided an extra layer of intimidation in the form of a black eye more worthy of a boxing ring than a baseball diamond.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner sported a pronounced bruise arcing beneath his right eye, adding another hue to a glare that already featured one blue eye and one brown eye.
“Going out there and throwing, the only thing I had to deal with was the swelling underneath the eye,” Scherzer said. “It was kind of jiggling around, and so in warm-ups I just had to get used to knowing what it was feeling like to throw the ball and just have that swelling.”
While he wasn’t at his most efficient on a humid night, piling up 117 pitches, Scherzer was rarely threatened. He struck out 10, yielded only four hits and permitted just two runners to reach scoring position. And he finished strong, striking out three in a row after Cesar Hernandez led off the seventh with a double.
“It really is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a while,” Dozier said. “He’s probably the best pitcher in our generation, and you don’t get that status unless you take the ball every fifth day — no matter if you’re doing good, doing bad, you got a broken nose. You always want the ball.”
Bryce Harper, Scherzer’s former Nationals teammate, was 0-for-4 with four walks in the doubleheader and was loudly booed before each plate appearance — especially in the better-attended nightcap. This series is his second trip back to Washington, where he played from 2012 to 2018, since signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia in March.
Dozier belted a two-out solo shot in the second off Jake Arrieta (6-6), who allowed two hits and struck out three over six innings and had the misfortune of matching up with Scherzer on the wrong day.
“Max is just one of the best to ever toe the rubber, honestly,” Arietta said. “We have ran into him a couple of times. That’s just what he does. He is tough to square up, and he is throwing three or four pitches for strikes with electric stuff. Just a tough one.”
Robles homered off reliever Pat Neshek in the eighth. Neshek departed two batters later with a left hamstring strain, and manager Gabe Kapler said he was likely to land on the injured list less than a week after returning from an absence of more than three weeks caused by a shoulder strain.
Philadelphia was 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position between the two games.
Corbin (6-5), whose start was pushed back twice this week, allowed a solo homer to Scott Kingery in the first inning of the opener. But he let just one other runner to reach third while ending a personal three-game skid.
“It’s not ideal, but you have to deal with it to make sure you are ready,” said Corbin, who is one strikeout shy of 1,000 for his career. “I was glad we got that one in today.”
Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto (groin) started the opening game and went 0-for-4, then struck out as a pinch hitter in the second contest in his first action since Saturday. … OF Jay Bruce (left hamstring), who had not played since Saturday, started the second game in left and was 1-for-4. … LHP Adam Morgan (forearm strain) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehabilitation appearance Wednesday for Double-A Reading.
Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki, who left Sunday’s game with a neck injury, started the second game and went 0-for-3.
PARRA’S SHARK ATTACK
Parra debuted an eyebrow-raising walk-up music selection: “Baby Shark,” a popular children’s song. Parra was in an 0 for 22 slump entering the day, but he was 2-for-4 in the opener.
“I wanted to put in something different,” Parra said. “My [2-year-old] daughter knows that song. … I said, ‘You know what, I am going to put in ‘Baby Shark.'”
Philadelphia recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley as its 26th man for the doubleheader. Suarez allowed four earned runs in four innings on June 10 in his only other appearance for the Phillies this season. … Washington summoned RHP Austin Voth from Triple-A Fresno. Voth, who is 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA this season, pitched in four games for the Nationals last season.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.89) is scheduled to start against the Nationals on Thursday. Nola is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts this month.
Dodgers’ Hill (left forearm) to IL; MRI on Thurs.
LOS ANGELES — Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill will be placed on the injured list after leaving Wednesday night’s start against the San Francisco Giants with left forearm discomfort, manager Dave Roberts said.
Hill is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.
Hill pitched one inning, retiring the side on 15 pitches with two strikeouts. He came out to the mound to begin the second inning but was removed from the game after warming up. He was replaced by reliever Dylan Floro.
“You could see something wasn’t right, something was going through his head,” Roberts said after the Dodgers’ 9-2 win. “Our radar was up.”
Hill said he had elbow tightness in his two previous starts and “everything tightened up” after his third warmup pitch before the second inning Wednesday.
“I didn’t feel it would be a wise move to continue,” Hill said. “The MRI will probably show something, but I don’t think it will be in the concerning category.”
Said Roberts, “I’m hopeful.”
Hill is 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Maddon awed by HR boom: It’s ‘extraterrestrial’
CHICAGO — Add Cubs manager Joe Maddon to the list of people wondering what’s going on with the baseball this season. On an unusually chilly June night at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, the Cubs and White Sox combined to hit five home runs in the first four innings of the game.
Several of them had Maddon thinking about aliens.
“I don’t know what I’m witnessing, but the way the ball is coming off the bat right now is extraterrestrial,” Maddon said after the Cubs’ 7-3 win. “It’s an E.T. thing going on out there. It’s crazy. This is my fifth year [with the Cubs], and I know what I’ve seen. Whenever the wind is blowing in like that, you don’t see that. You don’t see that.”
A light rain combined with that wind and cooler temperatures should have added to a pitchers’ night, but it was not meant to be. Sox center fielder Leury Garcia led off the game with a first-pitch home run off Cubs starter Jon Lester, beginning the mini home run derby in the early innings.
“We can sit here and talk until we are blue in the face about the ball,” Lester said. “It is what it is. Every pitcher in the big leagues has to pitch with it. You can comment on it all you want, but it just sounds like an excuse. I don’t make excuses. Have to make better pitches.”
It didn’t take long for the Cubs to join in the long ball fun. Catcher Willson Contreras hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning, then hit a solo shot two innings later. David Bote also went deep for the Cubs, as did Sox backstop James McCann.
“It took off,” Maddon said of the McCann home run. “You could see it from the field. It gets there [to the outfield] like a UFO. It just took off. It stood still, then took off.”
After a power drought in 2018, the Cubs are on pace to shatter records, not unlike many other teams in baseball. After Contreras belted his second of the night, the Cubs became the only team in baseball to employ five players with at least 15 home runs. No other team has more than three. They’ve hit 114 home runs already this season after hitting just 167 last year.
Said Maddon, shaking his head, though with a smile: “Wind blowing in, at a gale, balls flying out — easily.”
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