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Nationals One Victory Away

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Nationals One Victory Away

On Monday the Nationals bats came to life and their hopes at advancing to the NLCS got one step closer.  For the first time since the Nationals had a 1-0 lead in the 2012 NLDS, they find themselves leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in the NLDS.

In the Third inning of game 3 the Nationals would put up 4 runs and take a 4-1 lead over the Dodgers.  With a Trea Turner single, Jayson Werth double, single by Bryce Harper and a three run home run by Anthony Rendon the Indians would storm out of the gates and put the pressure on Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

The Dodgers would climb back into the game in the bottom of the fifth when Dodgers pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hit a two run homer to climb back to within one run of the Nats.  The game would stay that way until the ninth inning when the Dodgers brought in closer Kenley Jansen to try to keep it at a one run game and give them a chance in the bottom of the 9th,  However, the Indians offense was not yet finished.  They would once again put a four spot on the board behind a two run  double  from Ryan Zimmerman and a home run by Werth to push the Indians lead to 8-3.

The Nationals would close out game three in the bottom of the ninth and take a 2-1 lead in the series.  The winner of game 3 in a tied best-of-five series has went on to win the series in 36 out of 48 times or 75% of the time.

“We haven’t done anything yet,” Ryan Zimmerman said. “We played a good game today.   This game wont mean anything tomorrow.  We’ve got to come in and execute like we did today.  I know that team over there is not going to quit,”


As for game 4, the Nationals are still trying to decide who their starting pitcher will be.  It is between Joe Ross and rookie Reynaldo Lopez.  The Dodgers also are up in the air on who to pitch.  It could be rookie Julio Urias, but don’t be surprised if we have a spot start on short rest from Ace Clayton Kershaw.


The Dodgers and the Nationals will face off again on Tuesday, but the game time was undecided at this time due to the extra inning game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants.