Stephen strasburg delivered another dominant playoff outing, Max scherzer quieted down Los Angeles with an inning coming out of the bullpen and the Washington nationals held out in the end to beat the Dodgers 4-2 on Friday and level the game at one victory apiece. Divisional Series of the National League.
Scherzer got all three outs of the eighth by way of a strikeout, but Washington's fragile bullpen got into trouble anyway. Daniel hudson suffered in drawing the ninth, loading the bases with two outs before striking out Corey seager for the savior. The Dodgers struck out 17 times in the game.
The tense final inning also included an acrobatic catch by the third baseman. Anthony Rendon to the high of Cody bellinger short of left field, just like the manager's risky decision Dave Martinez of intentionally walking to bring the winning run to the plate.
The series moves to Washington for Game XNUMX on Sunday night, when Scherzer must meet Hyun-jin ryu, líder of effectiveness of the elderly.
"I'll see how he feels tomorrow," said Martínez, without ruling out that the Venezuelan Hannibal Sanchez it's up to him to open on Sunday if Scherzer can't.
Pitching on the shortest rest period of his career, Strasburg entered the fifth inning with a perfect game, outscoring Clayton Kershaw in the pitching duel. Strasburg threw one-run ball over six innings, with 10 strikeouts. He put his postseason ERA at 0.64, the best ever for pitchers with at least four starts. He left behind the legend of the Dodgers Sandy Koufax (0.95 ERA), who watched the game from the front row.
The noob Will Smith he broke up Strasburg's perfect game by hitting a two-out single. He allowed three hits and didn't walk.
Scherzer entered in the eighth and struck out Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor y Joc Pederson, using 14 pitches. The 35-year-old right-hander threw 77 pitches in Thursday's NL wild-card game.
"We weren't expecting that," the Dodgers manager said. Dave Roberts.
The Nationals took a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by the Venezuelan Asdrubal Cabrera.
Los Angeles scored in the eighth on a sacrifice fly of Justin turner after a single from the emerging --Matt Beaty and a Pederson double.
Kershaw was in trouble from the start. A simple tugboat Howie kendrick gave the Nationals the lead in the first. They scored a pair of runs with two outs in the second to pull back 3-0, courtesy of an RBI single by adam eaton and a double by Rendón against the central wall.
After his early struggles, Kershaw settled down and gave up two hits in the final four innings. The three-time NL Cy Young winner allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, with four strikeouts and one walk. MLB.com.