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Dodgers Take Game 1 of the NLDS

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Friday night, the National League Division Series began with a must-watch pitching match-up of two former Cy Young pitchers, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer going head to head. After a few inning, it was not the results you would expect. Both starters pitched short outings leaving it up to the bullpen to close it out. The Los Angeles Dodgers came out victorious in Game 1 over the Washington Nationals, 4-3.

The Los Angeles Dodgers offense opened the game up early with a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the 1st inning from Rookie of the Year candidate, Corey Seager. That was only the beginning for the Dodgers’ offense against Scherzer. Chase Utley hit a sharp line drive to right field in third inning to drive in Andrews Toles. Justin Turner continued the hit train in the third by hit a 2-run home run (Seager scored) that gave the Dodgers a commanding 4-0 lead.

The Washington Nationals took some time adjusting to Kershaw. They eventually got on the board during the bottom of the third inning on a clutch piece of hitting from Anthony Rendon. Rendon hit a two-out line drive single to right field that scored Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. An inning later, Pedro Severino got the offense moving with a double deep left field. Scherzer moved him over with a ground out to second. Trea Turner hit a sacrifice fly to Dodgers’ center fielder Joc Pederson which scored Severino from third. The Nationals had plenty of opportunities with runner in scoring position throughout the afternoon to potentially tie the game but weren’t executing.

“…That’s kind of the saga of the year. We didn’t hit with runners in scoring position.” – Dusty Baker, on his team not making the most from the scoring opportunities that came about.

Kershaw went five innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits. He did start the game strong by striking out the side, he ended with seven strikeouts. Max Scherzer was not is usually self. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in six innings.

“I’m accountable for that, and I’ll shoulder that, and I’ll take the blame for that. I know I’m capable of executing pitches at a higher level, and I’ve got to do it.” – Max Scherzer on his pitch execution during Game 1.

Something Interesting:

Clayton Kershaw has dominated Bryce Harper during. Going into the game, Harper was 1-15 with 10 strikeouts in his career against Kershaw. Tonight, he didn’t fear to well against him but came up lucky and had got first hit off of him since September 2nd, 2014. Harper is now 2-18 with eleven strikeouts against Kershaw.

Up Next:

Game 2 starters for the NLDS are Rich Hill for the Dodgers and Tanner Roark. At 36, Rich Hill is having his best year in baseball. He was 12-5 with 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 20 games while playing with the Oakland Athletics and the LA Dodgers. He will be pitching in his first postseason game since 2007 with the Chicago Cubs. Roark will look to start off strong and give the offense there chance of getting some runs.