Three takeaways from Nationals’ win over the Dodgers in NLDS Game 5

The Nationals are transferring on after a 7-Three come-from-behind victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Trailing 3-1 coming into the backside of the eighth, Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto crushed back-to-back house runs off Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw to tie the sport. 

Fast ahead to the tenth, the place the Dodgers deliberately walked Soto after permitting two Nationals to succeed in base to steer off the inning. Former Dodger Howie Kendrick stepped in and took Joe Kelly deep to proper middle for a grand slam and gave the Nationals the 7-Three lead.

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Sean Doolittle shut the door in the backside half of the inning to assist the Nats/Expos advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 38 years.

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The Nats now face the Cardinals in the NLCS with a berth in the World Series on the line.

Three takeaways from the Nationals’ win over the Dodgers in NLDS Game 5

Walker Buehler got here up massive for LA

Buehler obtained the nod from supervisor Dave Roberts for Game 5 and boy did he ship.

The 25-year-old surrendered only one run and 4 hits over 6 2/Three innings of labor whereas strolling three and putting out seven. Buehler additionally made historical past as he grew to become the first pitcher ever to strike out not less than seven batters in every of his first six postseason video games, based on MLB.com.

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Clayton Kershaw postseason pitching reminder:

In 9 2/Three profession IP as a reliever in the postseason, Kershaw has a 2.79 ERA (Three ER allowed).

He additionally has a 0.93 WHIP and .125 Opp BA in that very small pattern (6 video games).

Compare that to a 4.43 ERA as a starter in the postseason.

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 10, 2019

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Tonight’s begin coupled along with his efficiency in Game 1 (6 IP, 1 H, Zero ER, Three BB, 8 K) provides Buehler a 0.71 ERA this postseason.

Kershaw’s playoff struggles proceed

While Kershaw did not begin Wednesday’s sport, he did make an look after relieving Buehler in the seventh. 

Kershaw managed to get out of a jam, putting out Adam Eaton with two males on and two outs, nevertheless it solely went downhill from there.

The 31-year-old allowed back-to-back house runs to Rendon and Soto in the eighth as Washington tied the sport. 

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Heading into Wednesday’s sport, Kershaw’s postseason numbers as a reliever have been higher than as a starter, nevertheless it was a small pattern dimension.

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Clayton Kershaw postseason pitching reminder:

In 9 2/Three profession IP as a reliever in the postseason, Kershaw has a 2.79 ERA (Three ER allowed).

He additionally has a 0.93 WHIP and .125 Opp BA in that very small pattern (6 video games).

Compare that to a 4.43 ERA as a starter in the postseason.

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 10, 2019

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It appears the Dodgers’ ace simply cannot discover his groove when the calendar flips to October.

The Nationals’ postseason woes lastly come to an finish

For the first time in 38 years, the Nationals/Expos gained a playoff collection. The franchise’s final collection victory got here in 1981 once they have been Montreal Expos. That postseason, the Expos ousted the Phillies in the NLDS in 5 video games earlier than falling to the Dodgers in 5 in the NLCS.

Most lately, Washington was eradicated in the NLDS in its final 4 playoff appearances (2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017).

After a dramatic comeback towards the Brewers in the NL wild-card sport and a victory over the Dodgers in the NLDS, Nats followers need to be happy with the efficiency of their crew, particularly after its 19-31 begin this season.


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