The Nationals offense erupted to a stellar start, chasing Dodgers rookie standout Kenta Maeda after just three innings. "I played a lot of games here and I've always wanted to hit one out of the stadium". He struck out four. He was even worse down the stretch, going 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in five September and October starts.
Washington at Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 p.m. The Nationals did, and they managed to split the games in Washington. In the third, the rookie right-hander wasn't so lucky, as Washington scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Werth's RBI double in the right-field corner tied the game 1-all.
Bryce Harper (left), who batted second in Game 2, slides down to clean-up behind Daniel Murphy (left). "He threw me a bunch of pitches off the plate and then threw me a fastball over and I hit it".
STICKING WITH ESPINOSA: Nationals manager Dusty Baker stuck with Danny Espinosa on his initial Game 2 lineup despite the shortstop going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Game 1. Manfred said the rest of the series will proceed as scheduled with Game 3 Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, as the rain wiped out the travel day to the West Coast.
If the Dodgers are disappointed in the fact that they stranded a dozen baserunner in Game #2 who will they overcome their season long poor situational hitting against left-handed pitching today?
Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth both hit home runs to provide the pop for Washington.
Sammy Solis replaced Gonzalez and quieted the crowd a bit when he got left fielder Howie Kendrick to ground out to second. The Dodgers unfurled a gem when they landed Seager.
The Dodgers found themselves in a three-run hole and turned to their newest teammate for help in the fifth inning. Washington threatened in a couple other innings but didn't score again until the ninth, when Werth added a solo homer. Ryan Zimmerman then iced the game in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run double of off super closer Kenley Jansen. Harper had a single, two walks and a run. Most of Werth's regular season at-bats came out of the second spot in the order, where he hit.259/.363/.418 with 17 doubles and 13 home runs in 416 plate appearances.
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Each team comes into the game with a record of 1-3 and coming off a loss. It was the fourth run charged to Jansen.
Five relievers made it stand up, with Mark Melancon working around a single in the ninth - the lone hit allowed by Washington's relievers - to earn the save.
Do the Dodgers bring back Game 1 starter, their ace Clayton Kershaw, to start Game 4 on Tuesday in an elimination game? They haven't been to the World Series since 1988, when Gibson hit his iconic homer off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley to propel Los Angeles toward its most recent championship.
The teams left the park not knowing when Game 4 will start on Tuesday, thanks to television's control of the schedule.
Roberts has a hard decision on his hands as he looks to keep the Dodgers alive.
"I was very regretful that it didn't turn out to be a good outing", Maeda said. The nucleus of this club has been together a long time. "That was ball was diving, knuckling, doing all kind of stuff". So we know how to play, how to win.
The game will start at 5:05 p.m. EDT. "So the thought of having Julio pitch at home versus the road is something we're thinking through, and what gives us the best chance to win two games".
"Whether it's a combination of their guys making good pitches or us just not getting the job done, that changes the whole game", said right fielder Josh Reddick, whose RBI single was that one hit with runners in scoring position.