Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nationals stun Clayton Kershaw, beat Dodgers to move on to NLCS

Nationals stun Clayton Kershaw, beat Dodgers to move on to NLCS

There's something to be said about riding your stars in big-time games, but it was a confusing turn of events - and Roberts deserves as much blame for the poor results as Kershaw does.

"I feel that my job is to put guys in the best position to have success and if it doesn't work out, there's always going to be second-guessing and I got no problem wearing the brunt of that", Roberts said. "I love his at-bat quality", Roberts said of Beaty.

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. Max Muncy homered and became the first Dodger ever to hit three home runs in two different postseasons, which he accomplished last postseason as well. "So to get Clayton to get us out of that spot, I felt good about it".

Kershaw sat on the bench after the home runs, looking forlorn, bowing his head and holding it with his hands.

What makes Roberts' decision puzzling is that he didn't need length, and he had Kenta Maeda warming - suggesting he wasn't married to having Kershaw go the rest of the way, or even the rest of the eighth inning.

Adam Eaton walked against Kelly leading off the 10th, Rendon doubled on a drive that lodged in the left field wall and Soto was intentionally walked.

To the Nationals' credit, they were also able to get four innings of shutout, near-perfect relief from a combination of non-Strasburg, non-Scherzer arms.

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Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick watches his grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 10th inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles.

The Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise won a postseason series for only the second time, the first since the Expos beat Philadelphia in a 1981 Division Series caused by the midseason players' strike. Washington will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

The saying goes that there's nothing like a Game 7 - well, except for a Game 5 in MLB's divisional playoffs!

The former Red Sox righty gave up two runs in the Dodgers' 10-4 Game 3 victory over Washington.

Buehler allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings before Kershaw came in.

Soto singled in Rendon, who doubled, in the sixth for Washington's first run.

The Dodgers' streak of three consecutive appearances in the NLCS came to an end. The seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who led the NL with 106 wins, remain without a World Series title since 1988.

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