In the longest post season game in Major League history, the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 to win the best of five National League Divisional series three games to two. The marathon affair lasting more than four and a half hours, with all three of LA’s victories coming by a single run.
— MLB (@MLB) October 14, 2016
It’s the third time in five seasons the Nationals have captured the National League Eastern Division crown, only to lose in the first round of baseballs post season. LA moves on to meet the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, with the winner advancing to the World Series.
The chess match moved into full swing in game four when, facing elimination, LA went with ace Clayton Kershaw on the hill. Washington decided to save their own ace, Max Scherzer for game five tonight.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 14, 2016
Scherzer did his job, carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning. The Nats led 1-0 in the 7th, when LA outfielder Joc Pederson took Scherzer deep to the opposite field. Scherzer would eventually depart in the fate full seventh inning, working six plus innings, allowing five innings, the single run, walking two and striking out seven.
The Dodgers would score three more times in the 7th frame, taking a 4-1 lead. The Nats got two runs back in the bottom of the frame on a pinch-hit two run home run by Chris Heisey.
In the end, it was Kershaw again, the Dodgers bringing the future Hall of Famer in relief, helping LA hold on for the 4-3 victory. Kershaw was involved in all three Dodgers victories, the winning pitcher in two and saving the clinching game five.
The struggles continue for Nationals skipper Dusty Baker. the popular manager lost a series clinching game for a MLB record ninth straight time, dating back to 2003.
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There were plenty of great moment in the Nationals 2016 season, in the coming days, the DC Pro Sports Report will look ahead to the off-season and what lies ahead. Remember…. Spring Training is less than four months away!