On Sunday, the Dodgers scored 7 in the 6th to beat the Nationals. But on Monday, it was the Nationals who came up with a big inning, scoring 4 in the 5th, as they cruised to a 6-1 win over the Dodgers.
Julio Urías, who was unhittable on Sunday, showed that he’s human in the 5th when he surrendered 3 runs and recorded only 2 outs. The Nationals were not surprised by anything Urías threw, which resulted in hard contact and base hits.
Anthony Rendon gave the Nationals the lead with an RBI single. But things got worse for the Dodgers. With two outs, Ryan Zimmerman came to the plate with two men on against Pedro Báez. One strike and a high fastball later, Zimmerman punched the Dodgers in the gut with a three-run homer.
In a game where your pitching staff allows 5 runs, you need some help from the offense. But the Dodger offense couldn’t do anything beyond a first-inning homer. Max Scherzer is just too good.
Scherzer was incredible. He fired 7 innings and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits. His changeup was devastating and his breaking balls were nasty.
Someone will be celebrating on the field on Wednesday night. The battle for the NLDS championship will begin at 5:37 pm. The Nationals will send out Stephen Strausburg against Walker Buehler. In the series, Strausburg has pitched 9 innings and allowed only one run. Buehler was pitched 6 shutout innings in the series.