Pitcher Rich Hill knows that a 1-1 split is a good road series in October. But he also knows that the Dodgers had a chance for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five National League Division Series with the Nationals.
"I'm disappointed because if I execute, our team is in a good position," Hill said after the Dodgers lost 5-2 to the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS on Sunday.
But it wasn't all Hill.
The Dodgers couldn't hit with runners in scoring position. They left 12 runners on base. Through...
LOS ANGELES - In Game 1 of the National League Division Series, when Max Scherzer lost to left-hander Clayton Kershaw by a single run, and the Nats rebounded in Game 2, the responsibility for the Nationals to go ahead in the series with the Dodgers turned to southpaw Gio Gonzalez this afternoon.
It has not been Gonzalez's best season, but if he can come through with a solid start today in Game 3, all those shaky outings of 2016 will fade away.
Gonzalez looks to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead in...
Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw went through his usual post-start workout Saturday at Nationals Park with no problems, but that doesn't increase the chances Kershaw will pitch on short rest in Game 4 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles.
"I just don't see it happening,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday after Game 2 was postponed until Sunday afternoon at 1:08 p.m.
Of course, situations can change, especially if the Dodgers are down to the Nationals 2-1 in the...
Come early. Wear red. Be loud. Stay for the whole game.
That was the message the Nationals and some in the local media were trying to get across to fans before the National League Division Series against the Dodgers began Friday in D.C.
Nationals fans were out in full force for Game 1 at Nats Park, and although the Dodgers jumped out to an early lead and won the game 4-3, the stadium was electric throughout, with fans standing and being loud from the start.
And the Nationals...
Dodgers Game 2 starter Rich Hill had a very good spring training with the Nationals in 2015, but the club ultimately chose Xavier Cedeno for the opening day roster. Hill had finished with a 2.25 ERA in nine spring training games, making him one of the last cuts in the bullpen.
"Yeah, a great organization," the left-hander said. "Enjoyed the time that we had here in spring training, the guys here in spring training. Just the camaraderie that they had, the intensity of Max Scherzer, watching...
The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw turned in rare clunker of a pitching performance Friday night at Nationals Park.
He allowed three runs for the first time since June 26. He threw 101 pitches in five innings, the first time he's been that inefficient in two seasons.
Yet thanks to a steady stream of lockdown relief pitchers, the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 and have a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five National League Division Series.
"I felt like I had decent stuff, but I had to grind out...
Right-hander Max Scherzer has allowed more home runs than he would like this season. The Dodgers followed that formula to a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday.
Despite 20 wins this season, Scherzer has allowed 33 home runs. Corey Seager and Justin Turner hit home runs Friday to lift the Dodgers to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
"I made some mistakes that cost me, giving up those two home runs," Scherzer said. "Really feel like that was the difference...
Right-hander Max Scherzer struck out Chase Utley to begin the National League Division Series and the sellout crowd at Nationals Park went crazy.
But shortstop Corey Seager crushed the first offering after the strikeout, a 96 mph four-seam fastball, well over the center field fence, for a 1-0 Dodgers lead over the Nationals.
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw announced his presence by striking out the side in the bottom of the first employing three different out pitches. He got Trea Turner on a...
Left fielder Jayson Werth is making his eighth playoff appearance today. He brings a wealth of knowledge of how to perform well in important moments. In 2008 and 2009, he appeared in the World Series.
He brings experience to a Nationals club that has good amount of guys that made it to the postseason in 2012 and 2014 and he knows that experience is worth something.
"This is my team. We've been through it," Werth said. "This is our third trip to the postseason. We're battle-tested, we're...
Manager: Dave Roberts (1st season)
Last 10 games: 5-5
Who to watch: SS Corey Seager (.308/.365/.512 with 26 HR, 72 RBIs), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.285/.349/.435 with 18 HR, 90 RBIs), 3B Justin Turner (.275/.339/.439 with 27 HR, 90 RBIs), LHP Clayton Kerhsaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA), RHP Kenley Jansen (1.83 ERA with 47 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: 5-1
Oct. 7: LHP Clayton Kerhsaw vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 5:30 p.m., FS1 Oct. 8: LHP Rich Hill vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 4 p.m.,...
Playoff baseball is back in Washington, D.C.!
The Nationals and Dodgers will kick off their National League Division Series tomorrow at Nats Park with a Game 1 showdown between Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.
Daniel Murphy has had success in the postseason. Bryce Harper always seems to shine brightest on a big stage. Anthony Rendon has made huge contributions during the playoffs. And Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman always seem to come up clutch when needed.
For our playoff preview episode of...
The Nationals face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series starting Friday. Inevitably, the matchup will bring back memories for manager Dusty Baker about his time as a player with the club.
Baker played for the Dodgers from 1976-1983. He was traded to the Dodgers from the Atlanta Braves, where he started his big league career in 1968.
Baker was asked what he felt about getting traded to the Dodgers.
It turned out to be another one of the all-time great Baker...
Manager Dusty Baker knows his club will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series, which begins Oct 7.
Looking ahead to how the Nationals will set up their rotation for the Dodgers, this week's pitching probables give some insight into how the NLDS will work out for Nats starters.
Right-hander Tanner Roark started Monday night's opener against the Diamondbacks. The games notes list right-hander Max Scherzer for Tuesday, left-hander Gio Gonzalez for Wednesday and...
The Nationals are headed for the National League East championship with a possible division series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are currently three games up on the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
It a little more than two years ago, as the Nats were rolling toward their most recent division title, that they clashed with the Dodgers in perhaps the two teams' most memorable regular season contest, an 8-5 Nationals victory in 14 innings. The five-hour, 31-minute marathon at...
With less than a third of the season to go, the Nationals are putting it all together and sucking all the drama out of the race in the National League East.
The Cubs, leaders in the NL Central who struggled before the All-Star break, have gotten their swagger back.
The story line is different with the Giants, who lost their weekend series to the Nationals in D.C. and are having to do all they can to hold off the Dodgers in the NL West. They are 6-15 since the All-Star break, the worst record...
In the last game of the series against the Dodgers on Thursday, third baseman Justin Turner cranked two homers and had five RBIs as L.A. won over the Nationals 6-3 to take the series.
That scenario repeated itself Friday, when Padres and former Dodgers right-fielder Matt Kemp launched two homers and finished with four RBIs in a San Diego series-opening 5-3 win over the Nationals.
Manager Dusty Baker said he wants his club to be more aggressive early in games.
"We don't kick dirt on people...
The winning streak is over for Stephen Strasburg. But what might be more impressive is how he did not give up after a rocky first two innings.
Justin Turner slammed two homers and had five RBIs as the Dodgers built a 6-1 lead through three innings. Turner connected on 3-2 slider in the first and a 3-0 four-seam fastball in the third against Strasburg, who suffered his first loss since September 9, 2015, as the Dodgers dropped the Nationals 6-3.
Manager Dusty Baker pointed towards the pair of...
Justin Turner crushed a two-run shot off Stephen Strasburg to get the Dodgers on the board 2-0 in the first.
The Nationals version of Turner was not to be outdone.
Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor singled to start the bottom of the first. Trea and Taylor pulled off a double steal. The Dodgers disputed the safe call at third, but the call was upheld.
One batter later, Bryce Harper launched a sacrifice fly to left. The Dodgers led 2-1.
Wilson Ramos' single in the second continued a nine-game...
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg just wants to go out and pitch.
But if the San Diego State phenom can pull off the win Thursday afternoon against the L.A. Dodgers, he will have given his team a series win and continued the best start in his career at 14-0.
With a victory today, he would also tie Roger Clemens (1986) for the fifth-best start in Major League Baseball history.
After Wednesday's 8-1 win, the Nationals now have an 18-17 edge all-time over the Dodgers in D.C.
Los Angeles counters...
Quietly, Felipe Rivero has put together many consistent appearances. Nine in a row to be exact.
Wednesday night, he fired a 1-2-3 seventh inning, inducing three flyouts. Then in the eighth, the southpaw Rivero worked two outs before allowing a Howie Kendrick double. He then got Chris Taylor to fly out. Two scoreless innings for Rivero.
His previous outing was Sunday's 18-inning marathon against the Pirates. Rivero went a season-high and career-high matching three scoreless innings.