But on Monday night, the relief corps followed a solid start by Gio Gonzalez with three scoreless innings to lead the surging Nationals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in a rematch of last year's tight playoff series.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill).
Clayton Kershaw made it sound as if he had a rough day. "He's pretty much really good all of the game". In other words, if they had mustered their third regular season win against Kershaw, who improved to 11-2 against the Nationals with a 1.97 ERA against them in his his career after delivering seven innings of three-hit ball with nine strikeouts, it would have qualified as a bonus. Strasburg fanned seven and walked three, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings of a 13-3 romp over the Oakland A's on Friday.
"I wouldn't look much into it". "I felt fine, it just wasn't coming out quite the way I wanted to today". They have a nice blend of veterans and young players that can beat you with speed and power; they can pitch. That's a good lineup, too.
"For the Dodgers to maximize their chances at winning a World Series title for the first time since 1988, they'd be advised to have four trusted starting pitchers - not three - on their National League Division Series roster", said Morosi.
Strasburg struck out eight in six innings in the loss. He has been a far better pitcher at home this year (2.31 ERA) than away (5.96 ERA).
Ryan Zimmerman hit his 17th homer for Washington in the second. "He elevated his game".
But when Kershaw came to the plate in the sixth, he battled Strasburg through a nine-pitch at-bat.
When Glover struck Puig out to end the game (stranding Taylor at second), both benches briefly emptied for a scrum on the grass in front of the pitcher's mound, Puig having objected to Glover's punctuating the strikeout with a gesture in his direction.
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En effet, Émile Louis avait reconnu en 2000 avoir tué sep jeunes filles alors qu'il était chauffeur de car. Mais les résultats vont prendre du temps: ils ne seront pas connus avant plusieurs semaines.
Kershaw got the better of Strasburg in the end, lasted an inning more and allowed a run less.
"McCarthy is throwing the ball well and then we've got Scherzer, and then Stras - the big getaway day, against their big boy over there, Kershaw. Eventually you'll make a mistake". A few batters later, Corey Seager hit a solo home run that tied the game.
"He would have had plenty of gas to go out and pitch the seventh", Nationals manager Dusty Baker said, blaming his club's mistakes. They met in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire NLDS a year ago - the Dodgers prevailed - and now they possess the NL's top two run differentials, favorites, once again, to win their respective divisions.
"We feel pretty good", Baker said. "But they're tough to sweep here".
Trea Turner led off with a triple off the center-field wall. Baez had Turner caught in a rundown between third and home, and even finished off the tag himself in the pickle. Jansen then retired Zimmerman on another comebacker. But they have lost five of the seven games since, batting.174 (a mere.102 with runners in scoring position) and striking out 80 times while scoring a total of 16 runs - 10 of them in one game at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Friday, the only time in the past seven games they have scored more than two runs.
Joc Pederson (concussion) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, but when he returns to the Dodgers it is uncertain whether the outfielder will start regularly.
No one had to convince the Los Angeles Dodgers after Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, outpitching Brandon McCarthy to lead the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory that ended with a testy exchange Tuesday night.
ROCKIES 8, INDIANS 1: Kyle Freeland pitched 6 1/3 effective innings, Nolan Arenado drove in three runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1 on Wednesday for their fourth straight win. Instead, he went to Baez.
"First pitch, I thought I'd sneak a strike, and the ball seemed off the plate", Kershaw told reporters after the game. Wednesday, he gave up two hits, including a two-run, game-tying home run by Trey Mancini, in the bottom of the ninth to help the Orioles tie the game 6-6. Right-hander Joe Ross (2-2) will try to recover from two consecutive poor starts.
The Dodgers are off Thursday before welcoming the Reds to town for three games this weekend.
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