Dodgers will host Nationals in decisive Game 5 of NLDS

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

Obviously, with the series tied 2-2, they've gone toe-to-toe with the NL's No. 1 seed ... and I see Game 5 as a virtual coin flip with Stephen Strasburg starting for Washington (he held the Dodgers to just three hits and a single run in six innings of the Nats' 4-2 win in Game 2). The irreparable damage was done. Jansen pitched 2 1/3 innings throwing 51 pitches so the Dodgers turned to Clayton Kershaw for the last two outs and the save. It got even shakier after an ill-fated bullpen appearance on Wednesday in Game 5 of the NLDS.

Washington's Howie Kendrick hits a grand slam against the Dodgers in the 10th inning of Game 5 of the NLDS. Nationals left fielder Juan Soto immediately through his arms up to signal for a dead ball, but not seeing the ball in the fence, Pederson's shot was initially ruled a home run. However, that was not enough as the Nationals came back late and earned a 7-3 victory in 10 innings that propelled them to their first NL Championship Series.

Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals are 43-38 in road games. In 2016 the Nationals were not expecting Clayton to come out of the bullpen and Dave Roberts before the game said there was no way that he would pitch.

Three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw blew a 3-1 lead by allowing homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on consecutive pitches in the eighth. On Wednesday, the Nationals, the heavy underdogs in the series, used the blueprint to topple the Dodgers. Tonight the Dodgers could once again turn to Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw to finish off the Nationals when Walker Buehler comes out of the game.

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