Nats fall in NLDS series opener, 4-3

The Washington Nationals allowed 4 runs in the first three innings, and it proved insurmountable, as the Nationals lose Game One of the NLDS series 4-3 to the LA Dodgers.

Max Scherzer tossed 6 innings, but allowed 5 hits and 4 runs, to take the loss, as the Dodgers take Game One.  The Nats offense did tag Clayton Kershaw for 3 runs in 5 innings, but it was simply too much to for the Nationals.

The Dodgers bullpen pitched a pristine 3.1 scoreless innings to shut down a National rally.  Kenley Jenson pitched the final 1.2 shutout innings for the Dodgers to seal the Game One win.  On the Nationals side, sammy Solis and Mark Melancon pitched three shutout innings of relief.

To target a problem, the Nationals left 5 runners in scoring position.  Treat Turner and Danny Espinosa struggled at the plate, each racking up three strikeouts at the plate.

Offensively, the Nationals got a two run homer from Anthony Rendon and a sacrifice fly RBI from Turner.

Game Two will be tomorrow at 4:08Pm in Washington.  Tanner Roark will face Rich Hill in an absolutely critical Game Two for the Nats.