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Nationals Avoid Sweep Against Dodgers

The Washington Nationals have lost three straight games entering Sunday afternoon’s contest at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the first-inning, Adam Eaton and Manager David Martinez were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

The game was tied at zero at the time. It would stay that way until the fifth-inning when Matt Beaty hit an RBI double for Los Angeles to make it 1-0 Dodgers.

Washington responded in the fifth-inning on a two-run homer by Brian Dozier off of Walker Buehler and a Anthony Rendon RBI single to put them up 3-1, and the Nationals poured it on after that in a 11-4 victory over Los Angeles.

In the sixth-inning, Washington scored  four more runs. Stephen Strasburg hit an RBI single, Trea Turner reached based on a fielder’s choice which was fielded by first baseman Joc Pederson and Gerardo Parra and Brian Dozier both scored because of a throwing error, and Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single.

In the eighth-inning, the Washington Nationals scored three more runs on an RBI single by Anthony Rendon and a two-run homer by Juan Soto off of Jamie Schultz.

Corey Seager hit a three-run homer in the ninth-inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers off of  Michael Blazek.

Strasburg (14-4) was the winning pitcher for Washington. He pitched seven strong innings and gave up two hits and one run. Stephen Strasburg did not walk a batter and he struck out nine of them.

Strasburg is one of the reasons why this team has not fallen off the map completely. He could be one of the favorites to win the National League Cy Young Award right now.

Buehler (9-2) was the losing pitcher for Los Angeles. He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up eight hits and seven runs. Walker Buehler walked three batters and struck out six.

He also was frustrated with the umpires in this game.

The Dodgers will begin a three-game set on the road against the Colorado Rockies starting on Monday night.

The Nationals will begin a monstrous three-game set at home against the Atlanta Braves starting on Monday night.  Washington is only 5.5 games back of first place in the National League East Standings. This series will make or break their chances at a potential division title.

 

 

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