The Dodgers got rained out yesterday, so today the Dodgers will play a doubleheader. The Dodgers come to the nation’s capital to play the Washington Nationals who have been playing good baseball of late despite all the injuries. The Dodgers finally beat the lowly Marlins a few days ago to snap a six game losing streak. Today Ross Stripling faced Tanner Roark who has been great this year against opposing hitters.
Joc Pederson led of the game with a full count triple in the lead off spot. Yasmani Grandal hit a sacrifice fly to score him and the Dodgers led 1-0. Ross Stripling struck out his first three batters of the game. Finally some situational hitting. Logan Forsythe hit a double in the 2nd inning getting his first hit since coming off the DL. Wilmer Difo hit a single to start the third for the Nats. Spencer Kieboom then hit a single. Bryce Harper then singled in a run to tie the score.
In the top of the Fifth, Logie Bear then hit a single. Joc Pederson then singled Logie over to third. Cody Bellinger who has been struggling and struck out two times earlier beat out a ground out to collect an RBI and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead. That situational hitting thing.
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In the top of the sixth, Yasmani Grandal hit a single. Max Muncy then hit a double and collected an RBI. The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead and finally resembled the team that I know. The return of Justin Turner plays a big part and having smarter at bats. The Dodgers still need to shore the bullpen and get another stick in the lineup. Ross Stripling went six strong innings. J.T. Chargois pitched a scoreles 7th inning. This the part of the game I was worried. Howie Kendrick led off the inning with a single and tried to stretch it to a double but Joc Pederson threw him out.
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Michael Taylor then singled but Chargois was able to get the next two batters. In the eighth, The red dream hit an infield single. Grandal then walked. Matt Kemp hit a ground out that moved Turner to third. Max Muncy then hit a sac fly to score another run and make the score 4-1. The Dodgers did all the little things today to get the victory. Josh Fields pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Kenley Jansen then pitched a scoreles ninth and got the save with no trouble. The Dodgers face Max Scherzer next with Rich Hill on the mound. Tony Cingrani has also been activated off the DL.