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Los Angeles force series decider against Washington Nationals

13 October, 2016, 07:49 | Author: Lula Armstrong

He was one of the best pitchers in the National League that season, but he isn't Scherzer, who led the majors in strikeouts, the National League in innings pitched, and is in contention for his second Cy Young Award.

So while a six-month body of work might have set up Dave Roberts as a favorite to be named the National League Manager of the Year, what the Los Angeles Dodgers skipper does during the tight window that comes at the start of fall could actually resonate more.

"There's no room for feeling sorry for ourselves or 'poor me, '" Turner said.

One more chance to pursue the club's first World Series appearance in 28 years. And they blitzed the Nationals, a four-game sweep.

Jansen worked the ninth for a save, one day after giving up four late runs during Los Angeles' loss in Game 3. The Nationals won two of three in that series, getting the lethal version of Scherzer in a seven-inning, two-hit, 11-strikeout performance in the first game, then winning the finale on Jayson Werth's 12th-inning, lead-flipping walk-off double - a game in which the Nationals mounted a ninth-inning comeback against Hector Rondon, who has since been replaced as Chicago's closer by Aroldis Chapman. Going back to the end of the regular season, he's served up multiple dingers in three out of his last four starts.

Scherzer is 4-4 with a 3.93 ERA in 13 postseason games, with 11 starts. Max Scherzer, the team's ace, also gave up five earned runs in his outing, and Gio Gonzalez (three ER in 4.1 innings) and Joe Ross (four ER in 2.2 IP) also struggled on the mound against the Dodgers. Estrada allowed one run in 81/3 innings against the Rangers in the AL Division Series opener Thursday. The only player not yet used is Julio Urias, who is likely to be used in some capacity in Game 5.

"We talked about Rich as an option, obviously". Just like we're going to give our best effort that we've given all season. Zimmerman, on his way to the worst season of his career, was absolutely feeble that weekend, going 2 for 19.

Los Angeles took the lead when they came to bat in the first, with Adrian Gonzalez smashing a two-run homer over the right-field wall. "It's all exclusively on me". But he's not a scrub, either - David Price has a 5.54 career Postseason ERA and a 2-8 record.

The fifth game will be played on Wednesday night, with the victor meeting the Chicago Cubs.

"That's why we fought so hard for the home-field advantage", manager Dusty Baker said. The Nationals capitalized on a exhausted bullpen and brought home all three of those runs, tying up the game.

Pitching on short rest for the fourth consecutive postseason (the third time in an elimination game) Kershaw didn't dominate the Nationals' lineup - only half of it. Baez singled in the go-ahead run two batters later, and the Cubs capitalized on Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford's second costly error and more untimely blunders by the Giants' once-reliable relief staff. "It's a weird feeling".

"Every pitch matters in this game", he said, "so sometimes you've just got to stop thinking about what's going on and just keep thinking about the next pitch and do it over and over and over again until you're done".

Kershaw said once the series began that he wanted to pitch Game 4, according to Roberts.

Ross, who finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and a 3.43 ERA in 19 starts, hasn't pitched since September 29 when he got a no-decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On Thursday he will try to send the Nationals to their first postseason series win.


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