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Dodgers Oust Nationals to Advance Against Cubs

15 October, 2016, 06:10 | Author: Lula Armstrong

Clayton Kershaw (C) of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Carlos Ruiz (R) after winning Game 5 of the National League Division Series over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington Thursday. He got Murphy to pop up and then struck out Wilmer Difo to end the game.

Kershaw was pitching two days after going 6 2/3 innings in Game 4.

The three-time Cy Young Award victor came in to the game last night after Kenley Jansen went through the seventh and eighth innings as his pitch count rose. After winning a grueling five-game NLDS against the Washington Nationals, L.A. gets one day off before taking on the Chicago Cubs, who ran away with the best record in Major League Baseball this regular season. The Dodgers head to Chicago to play the Cubs in the NLCS this Saturday, Oct. 15, pitting them against a 103-win team that achieved its own dramatic clincher in its series win over the San Francisco Giants. "Clayton coming in on one day rest, and Kenley going 50 pitches as a closer".

"No, I didn't think about pulling him then", Baker said. He brought a ideal game into the fifth inning, but that was ended when Josh Reddick led off the inning with a single to right field.

"It's the craziest game I've ever been a part of", said Scherzer, who took a no-hitter into the fifth. The lose the game 4-3 and the series 3-2.

"Incredible", Washington starting pitcher Max Scherzer said of the effort by Kershaw.

Things set up so well for the Cubs to reach their first World Series since 1945 that this is the point in our program where we curse the unassailable fact that October is ruled by randomness.

The series might actually swing in favor of the Cubs with Jake Arrieta who has been incredible in California in his last seven starts, with a 0.53 ERA, in 51.0 innings pitched giving up only 21 hits, 10 walks, 49 strikeouts, and 0.60 WHIP. His biggest of which came with the bases loaded and the Nationals trailing by one run in the seventh inning.

The tension escalated when in the eight innings Chris Heisey pulled two runs which left the Nationals just one run behind the Dodgers. Then Kershaw came on to close for the closer two days after he started Game 4 on Tuesday on short rest. Scherzer, who allowed the most home runs in the NL during the regular season, watched Pederson crush a fastball on his 99th pitch of the game over the left field wall to tie the game at one. Washington won the NL East each of those years but has yet to advance beyond the opening round of the playoffs.

"Kenley wanted the ball in the ninth, but when the first guy got on I saw Kershaw was in the pen", Turner said of that inning.

In came Jansen, the Dodgers' closer, to record as numerous final nine outs as he could - something he'd never attempted in his life. "It gives me a lot of respect for closers - you're doing that 75 times a year". While the ending wasn't almost as dramatic as the movie - Ken Griffey Jr. robbed Collins of a walk-off home run - it was still a must-see, edge-of-the-seat moment. Before the ninth, after Jansen had held the Nats scoreless for two innings, some whispers began circulating. what's that?


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