Win: Max Scherzer (7-5)
Loss: Taylor Jungmann (1-1)
There's not much shame in losing to Max Scherzer. In his first season with the Nationals, he has had a 2.13 ERA and a 97:13 K:BB ratio in 84.1 innings.
And...ummm...he was really, really good today. That's understated. Dominant is maybe understated. Scherzer didn't allow a baserunner until the seventh inning when Carlos Gomez singled. In the eighth inning, Scooter Gennett walked. Those were the only two Brewers players to reach base.
Two baserunners. But the Brewers struck out 16 times in nine innings against Scherzer. Really, in a season like this against a pitcher like that, there's nothing to do but sit back and marvel at what an amazing performance it was.
Nothing the Brewers and starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann did was going to stop Scherzer, not today. But Jungmann had a nice follow-up start to his sterling debut. He made it five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Jungmann struck out five batters. It wasn't a great start, but it was a solid showing to help establish himself as a major leaguer.
But, yeah, this game was lost as soon as Scherzer showed why he's a front-runner for the Cy Young in the NL this year.
Things don't get easier for the Brewers as they face last years American League pennant winners, the Royals. First pitch Monday is at 7:10 CT.