The Dodgers fresh off a game 1 win earlier in the day. In the night-cap, they had to go up against Max Scherzer. Scherzer has been the best pitcher in the National League this year. Combating Scherzer would be Rich Hill who has been having a rough go of it. Rich Hill made two pitches and had to leave the game with blister issues. So today would be a bullpen day. So you figure it would be a loss.
Joc Pederson leading off again started it off with a double. Pederson seems to hit Scherzer pretty well. Max Muncy then singled him in. Muncy has been a good find to this point and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. Scott Alexander had to pitch the first inning when Rich Hill was taken out. Alexander pitched two scoreless innings. Pedro Baez came in during the third inning. Now at this point I thought the game was over. In the top of the 5th, Max Muncy hit a solo shot off Scherzer to take a 2-0 lead.
Baseball: Max Scherzer threw 121 pitches. Rich Hill threw 2. The Dodgers won.
They're 6 out in the NL West.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 20, 2018
Pedro Baez pitched two scoreless innings. Yimi Garcia called up today to be 26th man on the roster came in to pitch a scoreless 5th. To this point, the Nats hadn’t gotten a hit. In the top of 6th, Yasiel Puig hit a double but got stranded. Trea Turner led off the bottom of the sixth with a double off Yimi Garcia for the Nationals first hit. Tony Cingrani then came in and hit Bryce Harper in the back. With two outs Mark Reynolds hit a double to score in a run. Daniel Hudson then came in to pitch. Matt Adams then singled in two as the Nats took the lead. Then Scherzer hit a single to score a run and make the score 4-2.
In the top of the 8th, Cody Bellinger got his first hit of the series with a solo shot off the Nationals bullpen and the score was 4-3. Chris Taylor then hit a triple and they had something cooking. Justin Turner who had the game off, came in to pinch hit and was walked. Yasiel Puig then hit into a double play.
He hasn’t quite looked like his usual dominant self, but Kenley Jansen’s season ERA is quietly down to 3.20 after two scoreless outings today.
— Dodger Blue (@DodgerBlue1958) May 20, 2018
The Dodgers hadn’t won a game all year trailing in the 9th. Sean Doolittle came in to pitch for the Nats. Austin Barnes with two strikes delivered a single. Logan Forsythe then followed up with a bloop single. Matt Kemp then came in to pinch hit and hit a double to score two runs and the Dodgers took a 5-4 lead. Kenley Jansen then came on during the 9th to close out the game for the improbable win.
The win went to the newest Dodger Erik Goeddel picked up off waivers. He pitched a scoreless 8th inning. So now Ryu, Kershaw, and now Hill will be on the DL. The Dodgers have won three straight and are now 6 games back in the NL West. They are still 7 games below .500. The Dodgers might need to add another arm. Tomorrow morning against Stephen Strasburg, Alex Wood will be searching for his first win.
It sounds like Rich Hill will miss significant time. Dave Roberts described Hill’s blister as sliced open and said he will require a rehab assignment to prove his readiness. “This is as bad as I’ve seen it,” Roberts said.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 20, 2018