I am emotionally spent but I feel so good inside. The Dodgers are advancing to their eleventh NLCS in franchise history thanks to their 4-3 win over the Nationals in game 5 on Thursday night. The boys in blue’s four-run seventh inning rally propelled them to the win. Joc Pederson’s solo home run and Justin Turner’s two-run triple was the catalyst for the incredible rally. Carlos Ruiz’s pinch-hit RBI single gave the club the lead. Kenley Jansen was brought into the game in the seventh inning and pitched 2.1 innings before Clayton Kershaw was called in to record the final two outs of the series and earned the save.
NLDS Game 5 – Dodgers Win Series 3-2
Dodgers 4 8 0
Nationals 3 7 0
This game had everything from Julio Urias coming into the game, Kenley Jansen making over 50 pitches and Clayton Kershaw finally erasing that stupid narrative that he can’t pitch in the postseason. Oh and that seventh inning rally was pretty cool too.
This was an amazing game and what the postseason is all about. Dodger’s starter Rich Hill lasted just 2.1 innings before being replaced by right hander Joe Blanton. The Dodgers were down 1-0 early as Hill gave up a single to Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the second. Murphy stole second and then scored on an RBI single from Espinosa.
With the Dodgers still down 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the club loaded the bases but failed to score against Max Scherzer. Josh Reddick, and Joc Pederson singled. Yasmani Grandal whiffed, but Andrew Toles bloop single to right was too shallow to score Reddick, but it loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier whiffed and Chase Utley grounded out to end the threat and the Dodgers didn’t score.
The Nationals had a costly tootblan that cost them a run in the bottom of the sixth and possibly the series. With Urias on the mound, Jayson Werth walked. Murphy lined out to right for the first out. Rendon’s pop-out is the second out. Ryan Zimmerman doubled down the left field line. Toles throws it to Seager who relays to the plate to nail Werth by a mile. I don’t know if Werth missed a sign, but it was huge. Dodgers still trailing 1-0 going into the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh Scherzer began to tire. Joc leads off by smashing a huge solo home run to tie the game and give the Dodgers life. Joc screams and pumps his fist as he runs around the bases. The seventh inning saw Dusty Baker make a record six pitching changes and the Dodgers score four runs. That knocked Scherzer out of the game. In comes left hander Mark Rzepczynski. Grandal walks, and Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick singles.
Charlie Culberson tries to bunt but pops out. Left hander Sammy Solis replaced Blake Treinen and the Dodgers counter with Carlos Ruiz. The savvy veteran comes through with an RBI single through the hole in short to give the Dodgers the 2-1 lead! After Corey Seager flies out, the Nationals make another pitching change and bring in Shawn Kelley. Justin Turner smashes a two-run triple to put the Dodgers ahead by a 4-1 score!
Things would not be easy for the Dodgers. Oh no they would not. Left hander Grant Dayton is brought in and couldn’t retire a single batter. Espinsosa walks and then former Dodger Chris Hesiey slugs a two-run home run into the left field bleachers to pull Washington within one run 4-3. Then another former Dodger Clint Robinson singles and the Dodgers are in trouble.
Dave Roberts brings in Kenley Jansen, which is a highly unconventional move with the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. He gets Trea Turner to fly out, and after Bryce Harper singles to left strikes out Werth. Murphy is wisely intentionally walked and Rendon whiffs to end the inning.
Move to the bottom of the eighth. Kenley is still in the game. Stephen Drew draws a lead-off walk. Espinosa couldn’t get the bunt down and pops out to Gonzo. Pedro Severino flies out to center, and Michael Taylor is struck out. The Dodgers are three outs away from advancing to the NLCS!
Move to the bottom of the ninth. Trea Turner starts the inning by striking out. Then Kenley walks Harper and Werth. Roberts goes to the pen and brings in…..you guessed it Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw gets Murphy to pop out and then strikes out Wilmer Difo to end the game and the series!
The Dodgers are going to the NLCS!!!
I’m out, I’m completely spent……(passes out)