Sometimes it just takes a new face to get things going. In game 3 of the NLDS, all it took was Patrick Corbin entering the game. Once he got there, the Dodgers exploded.
They trailed 2-1 in the top of the 6th inning when Corbin came on in relief. By the time the inning ended, they had scored 7 runs and led the game 8-2.
It all started with Russell Martin. The Dodgers had runners on first and third when he drove both of them in with a two-run double. After him, it was Kiké Hernández who drove in two runs with a double. And then to cap it off, Justin Turner hit a three-run homer.
But after that things got interesting. Joe Kelly came out of the bullpen and was a disaster in the bottom of the 6th. He loaded the bases with no outs then gave up a run on a wild pitch. He was pulled from the game and the Dodgers hoped they could keep the lead.
Perhaps, if not for a big mistake, the Nationals would have taken the lead. But Asdrubal Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to right field. The Nationals scored the run, but Howie Kendrick got caught making a baserunning mistake and ended the inning.
To complete the win, Martin drove in two more runs in the top of the 9th with a two-run homer, bringing his totals on the night to two hits and four RBIs.
Just to be safe, the Dodgers brought Kenley Jansen in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and close the game. While every Dodger fan worried about what we’d see, it turned out there was no need to. Jansen retired the Nationals in order.
The Dodgers have a chance to advance to the NLCS in Game 4 this afternoon. Rich Hill will start for the Dodgers against Max Scherzer. Hill, 4-1, 2.45 ERA on the year, will probably go no more than 5 innings, with the bullpen ready to close it out. Scherzer, 11-7, 2.92 ERA, will have a short leash and the Nationals will be ready to use anyone and everyone to force a game 5. The game will begin at 3:40 pm.