The battle of Goliaths as Max Scherzer took on Clayton Kershaw. You figure runs will be at a premium. The Nationals attacked Kershaw on the first pitch and used to bunt game with their speedsters to get things moving. Trea Turner led the game off with a Double. Bryce Harper then singled him in and the score was 1-0.
Ryan Zimmerman then hit a double scoring Harper and the Nats led 2-0 just like that. Chris Taylor led off the first inning with a triple. Corey Seager was then hit by a pitch and you figured the Dodgers had something going. Yasmani Grandal then popped out. Cody Bellinger struck out and Joc Pederson struck out. Once again no run support for Kershaw. The Dodgers don’t move runners over or cash them in.
In the second inning, Yasiel Puig put a charge into one but it was caught against the wall by Michael A Taylor. That was a total bummer of momentum. In the bottom of the third, the Dodgers had two men on with one out and Grandal hit into a double play. In the top of the fifth, Michael A Taylor hit a double to start the inning. Scherzer then hit a single which totally hurt. Trea Turner the burner then hit a bunt single to score a run. In the bottom of the fifth, Chris Taylor hit a double only to be stranded.
In the top of the 6th, Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters both singled. Taylor would eventually single one in to make the score 4-0. In the bottom of the 6th, the Dodgers got on the board. Joc Pederson walked followed by a Chase Utley single. Yasiel Puig then singled to make the score 4-1. In the bottom of the 7th, Austin Barnes reached on a single. Chris Taylor then walked. Yasmani singled in a run to make the score 4-2. Bellinger then struck out followed by a Matt Kemp ground out.
The Dodgers had some mojo. Then Pedro Baez came in and the mojo came to a halt. Baez walked three guys and gave up a hit and the Nats take a 5-2 lead. That was game set match. The Dodgers had their opportunities. The Dodgers 4 game win streak is over. Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings while striking out a season-low four against no walks. Scherzer (4-1) struck out nine and walked a season-high three. Tomorrow Ryu will go up against Stephen Strasburg.