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Sport Strasburg, Scherzer pitch Nats past Dodgers to even NLDS

08:40  05 october  2019
08:40  05 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

Buehler, Muncy lead Dodgers past Nats 6-0 in NLDS opener

  Buehler, Muncy lead Dodgers past Nats 6-0 in NLDS opener Buehler, Muncy lead Dodgers past Nats 6-0 in NLDS openerLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Walker Buehler allowed one hit over six scoreless innings, Max Muncy drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers capitalized on mistakes to beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Thursday night.

Stephen Strasburg will start Game 2 just three days after pitching in relief in NL wild-card game. (Andrew Harnik). He will soon compete against the Dodgers and lefty Clayton Kershaw. That’s the matchup for Friday, and the stakes will shift depending on which team wins Thursday night’s series

The NLDS moves to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Monday. The Cubs will have July acquisition Jose Quintana on the mound, while the Nationals finally send out two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer September 22, 2019 Rockies lose as Hyun-Jin Ryu hits, pitches Dodgers to 100th win.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg turned in another dominant October outing, Max Scherzer overpowered Los Angeles for an inning out of the bullpen and the Washington Nationals held off the Dodgers 4-2 Friday night to even their NL Division Series at a game apiece.

Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.© Harry How/Getty Images Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 4, DODGERS 2

Scherzer struck out the side in the eighth, but Washington's shaky bullpen still ran into trouble. Daniel Hudson labored through the ninth, loading the bases with two outs before striking out Corey Seager for the save. The tense final inning also included a twisting, falling grab by third baseman Anthony Rendon on Cody Bellinger's pop fly in shallow left field, as well as a gutsy intentional walk by manager Dave Martinez that brought the winning run to bat.

How the Nationals may have solved Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 2

  How the Nationals may have solved Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 2 How the Nationals may have solved Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 2Now some curious baseball fans are searching for answers as to how Nationals’ hitters were able to get so comfortable, so quickly. And there’s one theory that has taken the clear lead.

Scherzer will pitch a few days after allowing three runs in the NL wild-card game. Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound for the Nationals on Friday night, while Clayton Kershaw is starting for Scherzer will be four days removed from an uneven start in the National League wild-card game.

Nationals- Dodgers Game 1: Nats ready for clash with juggernaut Dodgers in NLDS . The Nationals now must try to win three games in the best-of-five National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers , the best Stephen Strasburg is the best pitcher in the Nationals- Dodgers series.

Pitching on the shortest rest of his career, Strasburg took a perfect game into the fifth inning while outdueling Clayton Kershaw. Strasburg pitched one-run ball for six innings and struck out 10, lowering his career postseason ERA to 0.64 -- the best in playoff history for players with at least four starts. He edged out Dodgers great Sandy Koufax (0.95 ERA), who watched from the front row.

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