Final Score: 8-4, Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers were in Washington Tuesday night for the start of a three-game series with the Washington Nationals. The last time these two clubs met the Dodgers swept them in L.A. Scott Kazmir was on the mound and exceeded expectations by firing seven strong innings allowing one run off four hits while striking out eight and not walking a single batter. Kazmir left this game winning big.
Chris Hatcher was brought in to pitch in a non-stressful situation, but somehow he turned it into one. Hatcher allowed all three batters he faced on base and was forced out of the game before an out was recorded. Adam Liberatore came in and shut down the Nats, only allowing one hit, a RBI double from Daniel Murphy, but the run was charged to Hatcher.
Kenley Jansen was brought in for the 9th inning in a non-save situation and the Dodgers went on to win.
The offense was on early today. The Nationals had a rookie making his MLB debut and he was getting knocked around early. He allowed six runs in his start including a leadoff homer from Chase Utley. The top of the lineup was on today and went a combined 8-14.
The Dodgers made up for their last couple losses with a solid game all around today. The only negative was Hatcher’s game but other than that the team did very well. Everyone in the original starting lineup besides Kazmir had a hit and everyone did their part.
Today, Hyun-Jin Ryu was originally penciled in to start but Bud Norris will be starting on normal rest in place of Ryu as he battles elbow tendinitis. Gio Gonzalez will be on for the Nats as the Dodgers look to take the series.
Chase Utley 3 (30)
Joc Pederson 2 (35)
Adrian Gonzalez 1 (45)
Yasiel Puig 1 (32)
Yasmani Grandal 1 (38)
Dodgers Home Runs
Chase Utley 1 (6)
Yasmani Grandal 1 (13)
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