The Dodgers lost 11 games in a row and fans were in full-on panic mode. Well, those days seem to be behind Los Angeles as they win their 3rd game in a row, this time against the Washington Nationals.
This series is very important because not only is it very likely that the Dodgers face the Nationals in the postseason, but both teams are currently battling for the best record in the National League. With Friday’s 7-0 victory, the Dodgers now have a six-game lead over them and the magic number to clinch the division is now just six!
The game got off to an aggressive start, with Justin Turner hitting his 20th home run of the season in the bottom of the first. The 2nd inning resulted in five more runs, all thanks to a couple of home runs by Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager and an RBI double by Andre Ethier! The final run came from an RBI grounder off the bat of Chase Utley the very next inning, and that was all of the offense that was needed for the night.
Dodgers have never had 6 players reach the 20-HR mark in a season. They're now at 4 (Cody, Puig, Seager, JT), w/ Taylor and Grandal at 19 pic.twitter.com/A6vfQEEYEB
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 16, 2017
The pitching was also exceptional, especially Alex Wood who got his 15th win of the season. He allowed just three hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking one!
Wood: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO. Baez on in relief.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 16, 2017
As far as relief, the Dodgers used a combination of Pedro Baez and Brock Stewart. Pedro Baez walked the first two batters that he faced, but would end up getting out of the inning without giving up a hit. Brock Stewart, on the other hand, was solid in his two innings of work. Stewart allowed one hit, struck-out three, and walked one.
You can watch all of the home runs and other highlights here!
The Dodgers will square off against the Nationals for game two on Saturday at 10:05 AM PST, so be sure to set your alarm clocks if you live in the West Coast!
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