The Nationals are 1 victory away from a trip to the National League Division Series. 

Yesterday’s afternoon game between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers was about as exciting as baseball can get. The majority of the offense happened early in the games and once both the bullpen for both teams took over, not many runners were allowed on base. 

Gio Gonzalez took for the mounds for the Nationals. He pitch 4.1 strong innings only allowing 3 run. Although only allowing that many runs might suffice for some baseball teams, Dusty Baker was not going to allow a late inning rally in Los Angeles to happen. The Nationals scored all 8 of their runs in 4 innings, so Baker’s decision paid off. 

Jason Werth of the Nationals had a very productive night at the plate going 3-4 with a home run and 2 Runs Batted In, RBIs. Not to be outdone Anthony Rendon was 1-4 with 2 RBIs including a home run of his own. But the hit parade continued with Ryan Zimmerman batting 2-4 with 2  RBIs. As previously stated Gio Gonzalez  went 4.1 innings as starting pitcher. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda allowed 4 runs before being replaced on the mound. Maeda picked up the loss. The Dodgers offense only scored 3 runs all day yesterday. Corey Seager continued to swing a red hot bat going 1-4 with an RBI. Carlos Ruiz made his presence felt in Los Angeles with a 2 run home run as a pinch hitter. There would be no late inning heroics yesterday in Los Angeles.

Today’s game in Los Angeles might be the final game of the Dodgers season. Hoping to avoid losing 3 straight games, the Dodgers are sending their pitching ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound. Kershaw won his first start in Washinton in game 1 of the series, allowing only 3 earned runs. If the Dodgers want to keep playing October baseball, they will need to win the next 2 games. I’m looking forward to a fantastic game 4 in Los Angeles today at 4pm est. The Dodgers have rallied before and they will need a great start from Kershaw if they want to fly back to Washington for 1 more game. Get the rally caps and the rally monkeys out of the closet. You will need them if you are wanting to see more baseball from the Dodgers beyond today. 


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