Five of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ seven runs in their 7-2 win in this afternoon’s series finale in Nationals Park came on home runs.
Yasmani Grandal hit a solo shot over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field in the top of the second, and Kike Hernandez hit a two-run home run out to left field after a leadoff walk by Washington Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg put a runner on in the fifth.
Hernandez’s blast put the visiting team back on top after Trea Turner homered off LA lefty Alex Wood in the bottom of the third to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead.
With the score 3-2 Dodgers in the top of the eighth, Wander Suero gave up a two-out walk to Matt Kemp and a two-run blast by Yasiel Puig on a hanging 0-2 curve. 5-2 LA.
It was 7-2 after Shawn Kelley gave up two more runs in the top of ninth.
With the win, the Dodgers completed a two-day, three-game sweep of the Nationals...
Stretchburg vs LA: When he faced the Dodgers in LA in April, Stephen Strasburg gave up five hits (two home runs) and two runs total in seven innings pitched, striking out 10 of 28 batters in what ended up a 4-0 loss.
In his last three starts against Los Angeles, Washington’s 29-year-old right-hander had given up just three earned runs (1.42 ERA) after that start, walking six batters and striking out 26 in 19 innings.
Strasburg took a three-start winning streak into this afternoon’s series finale in the nation’s capital, over which he posted a 2.61 ERA, with three walks, 25 Ks, and a .237/.272/.342 line against in 20 2⁄3 innings pitched, but he fell behind early in the finale with the LA Dodgers.
Yasmani Grandal crushed an 0-1 fastball in the second and sent a solo shot over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field to put the visiting team up, 1-0. Grandal’s 8th.
After tossing a quick, nine-pitch, 1-2-3 fourth, following a two-run third that put the Nats up, 2-1, Strasburg walked the first batter he faced in the fifth, Logan Forsythe, then gave up a 2-run home run on a 95 mph first-pitch fastball to Kike Hernandez, 3-2 Dodgers.
Matt Kemp doubled to center with two down in the sixth, but was stranded, and Strasburg was up to 95 pitches after a scoreless sixth. He returned to the mound in the seventh, but his second walk of the inning, on his 115th pitch, ended his outing.
Stephen Strasburg’s Line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 Ks, 2 HRs, 115 P, 72 S, 7/3 GO/FO.
Wood vs Washington: Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood gave up six hits and three runs, two earned in six innings against the Nationals when the two teams played a three-game set in LA back in April, receiving no decision in what ended up a 4-3 win.
In spite of the fact that he’s put up solid numbers thus far, the 27-year-old southpaw was still winless in 2018 heading into today’s series finale in the nation’s capital, with an (0-4) record, a 3.35 ERA, eight walks, 47 Ks, and a .238/.263/.342 line against in 51 innings.
Going up against the Nationals today, he was facing a team that had a .225/.312/.362 line vs left-handers this season, good for 12th/10th/11th across the line among the NL’s 15 teams.
Wood held the Nats hitless through 2 2⁄3, but Wilmer Difo broke up the nascent no-hit bid with a two-out single, and Trea Turner followed with a two-run home run to left field that cleared the fence in front of the visitor’s dugout to put the Nationals up 2-1. Turner’s 6th.
Wood retired 10 of the next 12 batters he faced, with a two-run homer by Kike Hernandez in the fifth putting the Dodgers back on top, and worked around a one-out single by Mark Reynolds in the fourth, and a two-out walk by Anthony Rendon in the sixth, that left him at just 82 pitches after six innings on the mound.
Wood came back out for the seventh, but after some discomfort, and a visit from the team trainer, the left-hander left the mound.
Alex Wood’s Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 82 P, 53 S, 4/5 GO/FO.
Turning It On: Trea Turner has been rolling over the last month or so, going 23 for 77 (.299 AVG) with four doubles, four home runs, 11 RBIs, 13 walks, and 17 runs scored in a 21-game stretch which went back to his five-hit game against the San Francisco Giants on April 25th.
Turner was just 22 for 95 (.232/.336/.326) in the 24 games he played before the big game in AT&T Park, with four doubles, a triple, a home run, 11 walks, and 20 Ks in 110 PAs to start the 2018 campaign.
He added his sixth home run in the last 22 games in the third inning this afternoon, taking a 90 mph first-pitch fastball from Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood to left field for a two-out, two-run blast that put the Nationals on top briefly after LA had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the series finale.
BULLPEN ACTION: Sammy Solis inherited a two-on, two-out jam from Nats’ starter Stephen Strasburg, but struck Cody Bellinger out to strand both runners.
Tony Cingrani took over for the Dodgers after Alex Wood had some sort of issue end his day after he initially came back out for the seventh, and Cingrani struck out the side in a 19-pitch, 1-2-3 frame. Still 3-2 LA.
Wander Suero got the eighth inning for the Nationals, and gave up a two-out walk to Matt Kemp and a two-run home run to left by Yasiel Puig on an 0-2 curve that the right-hander left up in the zone, 5-2.
Juan Soto got a pinch hit opportunity in the eighth, when the Dodgers went to right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, but he went down swinging at a 1-2 changeup in his first MLB at bat.
Trea Turner singled and Bryce Harper walked in back-to-back, two-out at bats against the Dodgers’ righty later in the eighth, so Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts went to Josh Fields against Anthony Rendon, who sent a hard-hit, low liner back to the mound and off of the opposing pitcher for the final out of the frame. Still 5-2 Dodgers.
Shawn Kelley gave up two more in the top of the ninth, and the Nationals came up empty in the home-half of the frame. Ballgame. Dodgers sweep.
Final Score: 7-2 Dodgers
Nationals now 24-21