Max Scherzer Threw a Gem Tuesday Night, Drawing Inspiration from Capitals Performance in Game 4

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The Washington Nationals had an off-day on Monday night, so many of their players attended Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. While Bryce Harper and his wife were wearing Vegas Golden Knights jerseys, Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman were all decked out in Washington Capitals gear, and even sported helmets and sticks like they were players. Scherzer and Zimmerman led the traditional “Let’s Go Caps!” chant before the game. 

The night after the Capitals won 6-2, the Nationals took on the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Scherzer was on the mound and had another impressive outing. Scherzer went eight innings striking out 13 batters to earn the win and improve his record to 10-1 on the season.

Additionally, Scherzer had an immaculate inning in the sixth where he struck out all three batters he faced, all on strikes, in nine pitches.

The Nationals would go on to win 4-2. When Scherzer talked to reporters after the game, he gave credit to the performance of the Capitals the night before.

“I swear I woke up this morning with an extra bounce in my step,” Scherzer said. “The way the Caps played, the fans, the energy at that stadium, everyone here in D.C. … How could you not wake up with an extra bounce in your step?”

Like the Capitals, the Nationals have had their share of playoff disappointment. If the Capitals can finish the job and capture a Stanley Cup, it’ll be interesting to see the kind of effect it’ll have on the Nationals as they try to chase a pennant this October.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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