Dodgers blow lead then drop game five as season ends

Dodgers vs. Nationals Betting Picks, Odds & Predictions: Can Strasburg Outpitch Buehler, Kershaw?

As far as "Dodgers falling short in the postseason" narratives go, their NLDS Game 5 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday could not have checked many more boxes. Kiké Hernández led off the second with a home run, and in two innings the Dodgers had scored more earned runs off Strasburg than he had allowed in his 28 career postseason innings.

The Dodgers blew a 3-1, eighth-inning lead in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night and lost 7-3 in 10 innings on a Howie Kendrick grand slam that magnified some disgusting bullpen management by Dave Roberts.

The Dodgers clung to a 3-1 lead heading into the eighth when Anthony Rendon hit an 89 miles per hour Kershaw fastball to left-center field. "But I think it's just one of those things that we got beat and just disappointed for everyone". He has had success against Strasburg in the past but is 0-for-12 with 10 strikeouts in this series so Roberts opted to keep him on the bench for the second consecutive game.

"I let guys down in the club house". On came Kershaw to strike out Eaton on three pitches, ending Buehler's night after 6⅔ innings and a career-high 117 pitches. Roberts didn't second-guess his decision to stay with Kershaw in the eighth. The Nationals will tell you they chased pitches out of the zone and took a questionable offensive approach in Game 1, but they need actualize those adjustments in Game 5 to escape with their first-ever playoff series win.

There was a moment in the ninth inning of Game 5 where almost everyone thought the game was over. Sean Dolittle retired the side in order in the 10th to end the game and give the Nationals their first victory in a postseason series.

Buehler has pitched in a winner-take-all game before, getting the start in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series in 2018. They had lost four division series, three in Game 5, including in 2016 to the Dodgers.

Strasburg gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one.

Joc Pederson led off the first for the Dodgers with what was initially ruled a home run, but the call was overturned following an umpire review and it was determined to be a ground-rule double. Rendon led off with a double, and Soto laced a single into right field to score him.

This year, he gave up a 10th-inning grand slam that prevented the Dodgers from making it back to the World Series for a third-straight year.

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