This is a guest post by Jonathan Pflegl. Jonathan is a 21 -year- old student at Regent University, majoring in communications
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The Nationals struck early, tagging Rich Hill for one run that looked like it was going to stand. That is until Joc Pederson took Max Scherzer deep, and setting off a seventh inning for the ages.
Clayton Kershaw could only sit on the bench and watch, as another post-season start went off script. The Dodgers ace who has been so dominant in the regular season has just not seen the same success in the post-season, and Tuesday’s game was no exception.
The Nationals used a pair of four-run innings to score early and provide insurance late, as they beat the Dodgers and move one game closer to advancing to the NLCS.
When a series features the two best bullpens in baseball, its no surprise that managers have no reservations about pulling starters early. And that was the narrative from game two of the NLCS as both starters only lasted 4.1 innings, requiring the bullpen to put in work.
In what was supposed to be a pitching duel between aces Kershaw and Max Scherzer turned out to be a battle of bullpens. Kershaw lasted just five, giving up three runs on eight hits. Scherzer lasted six, but gave up four runs on four hits.
Washington Nationals manager, Dusty Baker confirmed on Tuesday that catcher Wilson Ramos did indeed tear his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, including playoffs.
Murphy’s injury might not be fully healed in the next week, which could cause him to miss some playoff games. Murphy is batting .347 with 25 HR and 104 RBI in 141 games this year.