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Machado received an undisclosed fine for running into Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar's ankle Daniel Descalso Jersey , The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday.In the 10th inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Machado appeared to drag his left foot as he was running down the first base line to deliberately make contact with Aguilar.FOX Sports: MLB MLBONFOXBenches clear for a moment in #NLCS Game 4 after an incident at 1st base between Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar. mWZ4TuK69WAfter the game, Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich called Machado a "dirty player" and said he "has a history of those types of incidents," perStephen Watson of WISN 12 News:Stephen Watson WISN_Watsonquot;Its a dirty play by a dirty player. I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you cant respect someone who plays the game like that.quot; Christian Yelich on Manny Machado TocySpu8fKMachado denied he purposefully kicked Aguilar."I was trying to get over him and hit his foot," he said, per'sArash Markazi. "If that's dirty, that's dirty. I don't know Ketel Marte Jersey , call it what you want."Last year, Machadoreceived criticismafter his spike caught Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's left knee while the then-Baltimore Oriole slid into second base. MLBsuspendedhim for five contests in 2014 after he threw his bat down the third base line in a game against the Oakland Athletics.In Game 3 of the NLCS, the umpiring crewcalledMachado out for interference while he was sliding into second. Upon a video review, the umpires determined he had intentionally slid away from the bag to disrupt Orlando Arcia's throw to first.Machado scored the winning run for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, coming around from second on a 13th-inning single byCody Bellinger.The four-time All-Star is6-for-17 with a home run and three RBI in the series. WASHINGTON — National League Cy Young Award candidates square off in Thursday’s series finale between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals.Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (14-3, 2.24 ERA) opposes right-hander Max Scherzer (16-5, 2.11) as the Nationals (64-63) go for the sweep after Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off, two-out , two-run homer gave them an 8-7 win on Wednesday night.Zimmerman’s shot off closer Seranthony Dominguez was his 11th career walk-off homer and first since 2016.Article continues below ...“That guy is nasty,” Zimmerman said after Washington won its second straight game following the trades of Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams. “Ninth inning, a close game and the other team has the lead, those (closers) are usually pretty good. I kind of put the pressure on them. They’re supposed to get me out.”The Phillies (68-58) have lost four straight and nine of 13. They trail first-place Atlanta by three games.“This is a big test for us,” manager Gave Kapler said after Philadelphia wasted an 11-hit night. “Big challenge to have a tough week like we’ve had and then to have an excruciating loss like the one we had tonight. Our guys aren’t going to hang our heads. We’re going to come back swinging tomorrow.”Nola and Scherzer appear at or near the top of the various NL pitching categories. Scherzer is first in wins and Nola is second. Scherzer is second in ERA behind Jacob deGrom of the Mets and Nola is third. Scherzer is first in strikeouts (234) and innings pitched (174 2/3) and second in ERA, while Nola is seventh in strikeouts (160), fifth in innings pitched (161) and third in ERA.And in terms of Thursday being a matinee, Scherzer is third in daytime ERA (2.24) and Nola is fifth (2.86).Nola hasn’t lost since July 14. Last time out he allowed one run and three hits over seven innings of a win against the Mets on Friday. He struck out 11 and walked one.“It’s pretty nasty ,” Roman Quinn told of watching Nola’s curveball from center field. “I’ve seen it in live batting practice once before and it’s not something you want to stand in front of. He’s steady rolling and it’s fun to watch him pitch.”Scherzer hasn’t lost since July 2, going 6-0 with a pair of no-decision since then. Last Friday he threw six shutout innings in an 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. He allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked one. At the plate, he doubled for his career-high 16th hit of the season — improving his average to .296 — and scored twice from second base.“He does it all for us,” Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper told the Washington Post. “Every fifth day, he goes out there and pitches the ball well and runs the pillows really well and scores.”Scherzer has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts and is 16 strikeouts shy of a fifth consecutive season with at least 250.Against the Phillies this season, Scherzer picked up a no-decision on May 6 despite allowing one run with 15 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He’s 9-1 with a 2.50 ERA against them in 15 career starts.Odubel Herrera is 12-for-36 (.333) versus Scherzer, while Asdrubal Cabrera is 15-for-64 (.234) , Cesar Hernandez is 8-for-35 (.229) and Maikel Franco is 3-for-23 (.130).Nola has already beaten the Nationals twice this season, allowing three runs and nine hits over 13 2/3 innings in those two starts. For his career, Nola is 3-4 with a 3.99 ERA in 12 starts.Harper is 9-for-23 (.391) against Nola with two homers and five RBIs. Anthony Rendon is 6-for-24 (.250) with a homer and Zimmerman is 3-for-20 (.150).
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