If we told you that Jon Lester and Max Scherzer set an MLB record Wednesday night during the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals game, you might think it had something to do with the number of millions on the mound. After all, they were the two biggest free agents of the past offseason. Not quite. But this did have something to do with zeroes. Lester, hitting in the second inning against Scherzer, set an MLB record by starting his career 0-for-58 at the plate. Lester hit a deep fly out to Denard Span that looked like it might just break his streak of futility. Alas, Span caught it and Lester moved past former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton, who started his career 0-for-57 before getting a hit in 1995. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Following the deep fly out, Lester struck out in his second at-bat of the game, increasing his “record” to 0-for-59. Here’s Jon Lester’s laughable spray chart… Only one deep fly ball ever. pic.twitter.com/Jkejsx1ooF — Daren Willman (@darenw) May 28, 2015 The Cubs didn’t pay Lester $155 million for his bat, so this isn’t a huge disappointment in Wrigleyville. In fact, fans in Chicago are much happier with Lester these days, after he rebounded from his slow start to the season. Though he took the loss in Wednesday night’s pitcher’s duel with Scherzer — the Nats won 3-0 — Lester tossed seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out 12. He’s nearly cut his ERA in half after finishing April at 6.23. Lester’s currently 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA.  And we’re pretty sure the Cubs would take 0-for-2s at the plate from Lester all season if he’s striking out 12 batters on the mound. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run, Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 to outduel Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night. The top two free-agent pitchers on the market last offseason, Scherzer (6-3) and Lester faced off in a memorable matchup in the finale of the three-game series. Scherzer, who signed a seven-year deal worth $210 million with Washington, was better than his counterpart, throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk to win his fifth straight start.

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Addison Russell hit a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the surging Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Chris Coghlan started the winning rally with a one-out single against Matt Grace (2-1). The Cubs then caught a huge break when shortstop Ian Desmond threw wide to first while trying to turn a potential double play on pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera’s grounder to second.

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Tanner Roark made a successful return to Washington’s rotation on Monday. Roark pitched five effective innings, Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer and the Nationals beat the Cubs 2-1 in the first major league matchup of young sluggers Bryce Harper and Chicago rookie Kris Bryant. Denard Span also homered for NL East-leading Washington, which has won eight of nine.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:

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Bryce Harper doesn’t always have to smash a baseball deep into the bleachers to help the Washington Nationals win a game. Harper drove in two runs, Gio Gonzalez outpitched Aaron Harang and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Sunday for their eighth straight series win. Harper gave Washington a 2-1 lead with a run-scoring groundout in the fifth inning.

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Trying to get Paul Goldschmidt to talk about himself is a futile exercise. ”Best player in the game,” Hellickson said. Goldschmidt hit his second home run in three days and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday to win the three-game series.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. How’s this for a pitching performance? Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger allowed a leadoff single to San Diego’s Yangervis Solarte in the first inning, and that was it for the evening. Bolsinger, who’s been thrust into action following injuries to Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy, recovered to induce a ground ball double play from Cory Spangenberg and strike out Matt Kemp to end the first inning. From there, he retired the next 21 batters in succession until being lifted following the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and continued the roll, setting down all three batters he faced to wrap up the 2-0 victory . Though not a perfect game, it’s pretty much the most efficient game a pitching staff can throw. The Dodgers faced the minimum 27 batters and needed exactly 100 pitches to go the distance. Bolsinger ended up with eight strikeouts over his eight innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71 over four starts. He’s currently on an 18 2/3 scoreless innings streak. Offensively, the Dodgers had all they needed one batter into the game. Joc Pederson, who hit the game-winning homer in Friday’s win, launched a leadoff blast on Saturday. Howie Kendrick also homered off Dan Haren. As for the Padres, it’s the eighth time their revamped offense has been shutout this season and the sixth time in their past 18 games. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] ANTHONY RIZZO PLAYS HERO WITH HOME RUN, SIX RBIS After a difficult loss in 13 innings on Friday, the Chicago Cubs turned to the rock in the middle of their batting order for guidance on Saturday. Anthony Rizzo answered the call, driving in a career-high six runs in Chicago’s 9-6 win. Rizzo did all of his damage with two big swings. In the fifth, he cleared the bases with a ringing double off Rubby De La Rosa. He then provided the difference for the Cubs with a go-ahead three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the ninth. The Cubs bailed out Jake Arrieta, who experienced a rare difficult start on Saturday. Arrieta allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings. They pulled even following his exit on Jorge Soler’s two-run double. Ediwn Jackson, James Russell, Jason Motte and Pedro Strop combined for three innings of hitless relief to secure the win. With the victory, Chicago gained another game on the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 3-2 in a rain-shortened game in Kansas City. The Cubs sit 2 1/2 back headed into Sunday. MATT HARVEY ROUGHED UP IN PITTSBURGH Even baseball’s “Dark Knight” is due for a dark day every now and then. On Saturday, Matt Harvey experienced his against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing a season-high seven runs in a season-low four innings as the Mets fell 8-2 .  Harvey was done in by the long ball early, allowing a two-run homer to Andrew McCutchen in the first and a solo blast to Pedro Alvarez in the second. The Pirates continued pecking away in the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four times. Opposing starter A.J. Burnett even contributed a sacrifice fly, which further cements this as an off day for Harvey. Speaking of Burnett, he was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits through seven frames. He struck out a season-high 10 while lowering his ERA to an astonishing 1.37. Pittsburgh will go for the three-game series sweep on Sunday as they inch closer to .500 at 20-22. The Mets fell to 24-20, but remained a game and a half behind Washington. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] COLE HAMELS CRUISES AS STEPHEN STRASBURG STRUGGLES AGAIN It was a tale of two pitchers in Washington. Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who still figures to be traded prior to the July 31 trade deadline, was outstanding again. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg, who may need a change of scenary to get on track, continued to scuffle as the Phillies knocked him around in their 8-1 victory .  For Hamels, it was his fourth consecutive win in as many starts and his fifth in six outings. He pitched eight innings, allowing one run on five hits. The 31-year-old left-hander’s stock continues to rise as his ERA lowered under 3.00 for the first time all season. He’s at 2.98 with a home matchup against Colorado awaiting next weekend. For Strasburg, well, there’s not much good to say. He was tagged for six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings. His defense didn’t help, committing four errors during his abbreviated outing, but he wasn’t fooling many batters on this afternoon. Strasburg has now failed to complete four innings in three of his last four outings. He hasn’t completed six since April 25 in Miami. Something’s definitely off, and it’s up to Strasburg and the Nationals to figure it out quickly. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Cole Hamels said he wasn’t thinking about a shutout as he kept throwing zeroes against the streaking Washington Nationals on Saturday. Hamels pitched eight sharp innings, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies roughed up Stephen Strasburg, beating Washington 8-1 and ending the Nationals’ six-game winning streak. ”It’s a dangerous team, so that’s the least of my worries,” said Hamels, who had a shutout going until giving up Ian Desmond’s RBI double in the eighth.

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