Fans who got rained out of the Nationals and San Francisco Giants series opener on Friday night will get a consolation prize in the form of Washington ace Max Scherzer, who will start Game 2 of the two teams’ split doubleheader Sunday night.
Tickets from Friday’s rainout will be honored for Sunday’s 7:05 p.m. game. The first game on Sunday was originally to begin at 1:35 p.m., but was moved up to 1:05 p.m. to account for the doubleheader. Right-hander A.J. Cole will pitch the Sunday afternoon game.
Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer will go in the nightcap instead of the afternoon game because the 33-year-old starter told him that he would rather pitch at night. Scherzer was slated to pitch Saturday’s game, but with the rainout, Baker decided to send Friday’s original starting pitcher, Edwin Jackson, on the mound. Scherzer then got his pick of the two Sunday games.
“We’ve got to kind of acquiesce to what your aces want to do,” Baker said. “Until the other guys are aces they have to acquiesce to their aces and that is what went into it.”
It will be Scherzer’s second start since coming back from a neck injury. In his last outing, Monday’s 3-2 win over the Marlins, he threw 114 pitches over seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, and struck out nine in a no-decision.