The Dodgers blew a 3-1 8th 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 frightful bullpen management by Dave Roberts.
Kendrick's blast in the 10th inning helped the Nationals pull off an improbable comeback to earn a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the 10th inning, Howie Kendrick hit a tie-breaking grand slam as the Nationals sealed a first Division Series win in their 15-year history.
The 13-1 shellacking capped a wild series that swung back and forth, with St. Louis taking Game 1 on the road, before falling behind 2-1.
"It was electric. Probably the best moment of my career", said the 36-year-old Kedrick, a 14-year big league veteran.
After the Dodgers lose Game 5 to the Washington Nationals in the 2019 NLDS, Clayton Kershaw came out and met the media to answer questions about his performance. The city had faith in us.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts in the dugout during the eighth inning in game five of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. "We believed in ourselves, everybody came through for us". Then the Dodgers' catcher Will Smith jacked a ball deep into right.
Sean Doolittle pitched a flawless 10th for Washington, with center fielder Michael A. Taylor making a diving catch on Justin Turner for the final out.
Down 2-1 after losing Game 1 and Game 3, the Nationals rallied back and took the crucial Game 5 in Los Angeles 7-3 on Wednesday night. It will be Walker Buehler against Stephen Strasburg on the mound until the clubs exhaust their best remaining pitching options.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had his game plan working to perfection, getting six solid innings from Game 1 victor Walker Buehler, who went six and two-thirds innings for LA, giving up a run on four hits, striking out seven and walking three, on 117 pitches. He gave up a ground-rule double to Anthony Rendon.
There was a scary moment leading off the seventh.
Strasburg ended up going six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking one.