Joc Pederson jumps into the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning to tie Game 5 of the National League Division Series 1-1. (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — What a rush.
Clayton Kershaw‘s adrenaline got him through the final two outs, after Kenley Jansen recorded the seven before that, after Julio Urias became the youngest pitcher ever to win a postseason game, after the Dodgers overcame Max Scherzer at his peak. Four hours and 32 minutes after it all began, the Dodgers were in the National League Championship Series with a 4-3 win. Read the full game story here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Kershaw had no idea the final inning would unfold the way it did. His teammates appreciated his heroics, writes columnist Mark Whicker. Now, Kenta Maeda is in position to start Game 1 of the NLCS.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here are the lineups for the Dodgers and Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. The winner plays the Cubs in the NL Championship Series beginning Saturday in Chicago:
Rich Hill will start a game on fewer than four days’ rest for the second time in his career tonight. (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Veteran Rich Hill will start Game 5 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, an interesting choice considering it’s been seven years since Hill pitched on short rest. He’s had three days off since Sunday’s Game 2, in which Hill started and pitched 4 ⅓ innings.
Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.com offers a thought experiment about how a bullpen game might unfold from the Dodgers’ perspective. My guess: Ross Stripling might see some work in the middle innings as well, if Dave Roberts has concerns about piggybacking one left-hander (Hill) with another (Julio Urias).
Live blog from Game 5 of the NLDS. (5 p.m., FS1)
Yasiel Puig pleads with home plate umpire Tom Hallion after he is called out on a disputed check swing in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
An eighth-inning rally washed over a hauntingly familiar seventh-inning collapse in the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Joe Blanton‘s long journey put him in the spotlight again, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
Game 5 is at 5 p.m. Thursday in Washington D.C. The winner plays the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Justin Turner guaranteed a victory, writes columnist Jeff Miller.
A 2 p.m. start time, revealed on short notice, meant a smaller crowd and cheaper tickets.
Andre Ethier came through with a big pinch hit.