assuming dodgers close out game (they lead nats 7-2), they are within 5 games in the nl west. hard to believe after an all-time bad beginning.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 20, 2018
In the top of 2nd, Yasmani Grandal hit a solo shot off Strasburg to get the Dodgers started. Matt Kemp then singled followed by Yasiel Puig hitting into a double play. Logan Forsythe then hit a double to continue his hot hitting of late. In the bottom of third with two outs, Wilmer Difo singled off Wood for the Nats first hit. Then Trea Turner hit a two run shot and the Nats took a 2-1 lead. So once Wood fell behind, I know everyone felt poor guy he is going to get another loss.
In the top of the 5th, Logan Forsythe walked. Then Kiki Hernandez who was slumping badly bombed off a two run shot off Starsburg and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead and never looked back. So the Dodgers had to face Tanner Roark, Max Scherzer, and Stephen Strasburg. The Dodgers combated with Ross Stripling, the bullpen, and Alex Wood. Granted the Nationals have a lot of injuries but so do the Dodgers. The Dodgers kept Bryce Harper in check in this series.
In the bottom of the 7th, Alex Wood cramped up and left the game. Tony Cingrani came in and finally looked like the old Tony Cingrani as he struck out three batters.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 18, 2018
The Dodgers who mostly have been hitting solo shots finally got a two run jack when Enrique Hernandez connected. In the top of the 8th, Matt Kemp walked and then Yasiel Puig hit a two run shot for insurance runs and the Dodgers took a 5-2 lead. Eric Goeddel then came in and got two outs but then allowed two runners to get on. The Dodgers brought in Josh Fields to face Anthony Rendon who represented the tying run. Rendon hit a bullet up the middle off Fields foot and ended up being an out and the Dodgers got out of the jam. Those bounces weren’t going the Dodgers way earlier.
Kiki Hernandez walked to start the 9th. Joc Pederson doubled him in to make the score 6-2. Max Muncy ground out advanced Hernandez over to third. Cody Bellinger grounded out but scored Hernandez to make the score 7-2 and the final. Hopefully Cody Bellinger can start busting out. The Dodgers will be back home tomorrow. They will face the Colorado Rockies for the first time this year.
The Dodgers toppled Washington, 7-2. They’re 20-26, five games back of the NL West lead. They are playing….well?
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 20, 2018