Not much of an intro today as I’m not feeling particularly chatty. The next round of the playoffs are starting to come into clearer focus, now it’s just down to one of two teams as the Dodgers/Nationals series returns to DC for it’s conclusion. We know that the Nats will be throwing Max Scherzer on the bump, but the Dodgers have yet to announce a starter. Buckle up everyone this is what we live for. Everyone has today off, so go to the gym, read a book, watch a movie, to get away from baseball for one day. While many of our seasons have already ended, there is still a little bit of the game left before the long, harsh winter is upon us.
Nationals 5, Dodgers 6 – If you are facing elimination the one man in the league you want on the mound is Clayton Kershaw, yet Kershaw was not quite Kershaw giving up 7 hits and 5 runs over 6.2 innings. Thankfully for the Dodgers, the Nationals couldn’t get much out of their pitching staff either with Joe Ross going just 2.2 innings after giving up 4 runs on 3 hits. The rest of the bullpen didn’t do all that great either giving up 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings, allowing Utley the buttley to lace a single in the 8th that put LA up for good. Daniel Murphy finished with 4 RBI’s for the Nats while Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Dodgers.
Cubs 6, Giants 5 – The Giants had this one in hand, until a 9th inning meltdown in the bullpen that saw 4 different relievers give up 4 runs all while getting just one out. It all seemed so typical of how the Giants season has gone. A team with a lot of talent, that just couldn’t stop tripping over their own feet. Matt Moore went 8 innings with 10 strike outs, and two runs over two hits, and the bullpen couldn’t get the final 3 outs facing elimination. So now Chicago will go home and rest and away the ending of the Nat/Dodgers elimination game.