I’m not even sure where to begin. And no, I’m not talking about the Donald.
Both NLDS series have had some wild moments and last night’s Dodger’s-Nats game was no different. The Dodgers won a baseball game in one of the most unique, unconventional and thrilling ways possible. But their 4-3 win over the Nationals was not only a game that will be remembered for years to come had they won or lost, but it was also a 4½-hour test of wills.
My night began watching the Rangers (hockey) game and between breaks, I flipped over to FS1 to catch up. When hockey was over I switched back to baseball. At that point it was still just the bottom of the 6th. Slow boring low scoring game, right? Wrong! The real fun started in the seventh inning which took 66 minutes from top to bottom, and was almost a game in itself. Going in to the frame the Dodgers were trailing 1-0. Joc Pederson took Max Scherzer’s first pitch of the seventh inning over the left field wall, tying the game. A walk and a single followed. Pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz drives in the go-ahead run with a single against lefty reliever Sammy Solis. Dodgers 2, Washington 1. After Corey Seager flied out, it looked like the Dodgers might have to settle for one run, but Justin Turner wasn’t having any of that, tripling off the wall in center to score two runs for a 4-1 advantage.
So game over, right? Nah, nothing comes easy for this team. Grant Dayton was brought in, him being of the three best relievers in the pen, and Dayton proceeded to walk the first batter on four pitches and then give up a two-run homer to Chris Heisey to cut the deficit to one. The crowd is louder than ever. Clint Robinson then singled and Dayton’s night was done… with Dave Roberts going to closer Kenley Jansen early. Jansen eventually loaded the bases, but escaped with the lead intact. Jansen pitched a scoreless eighth and then came out for the ninth inning as well. Jansen struck out Turner for one out, but then issued back-to-back walks to Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Again the crowd is in a frenzy. Jansen was on fumes by that point, having thrown a career-high 51 pitches, going 2.1 innings for the Dodgers.
During that inning they keep showing Clayton Kershaw in the dugout. Now Im thinking, if MadBum has done it, why not Kershaw. Dave Roberts agreed, in comes Kershaw on one day rest after throwing 110 pitches in Game 4. All he did in the biggest moment of his career is get MVP candidate Daniel Murphy to pop out to second and then get pinch hitter Wilmer Difo swinging to end it. Dodgers celebrate. What an INSANE win!! Nothing by the book. Nerve pounding adrenaline. Congrats to the Boys In Blue!! Now we know who gets to lose to the Cubs in the NLCS.
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