Game 3 of the NL Division Series
Nats (1-1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) at Dodger Stadium
The Nationals broke out offensively to take Game 2 behind Jose Lobaton's huge three-run homer. Now both teams pick back up for Game 3 in Los Angeles after a quick turnaround and a long flight across the country.
The Nats aim to take a series lead with lefty Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57) on the mound. Gonzalez flew to L.A. early, before the rest of the Naitonals, so the travel shouldn't affect him as much as others.
Gonzalez, though, will look to bounce back from a rough start his last time out. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings on 100 pitches against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 28.
Gonzalez does have a strong history against the Dodgers working in his favor. He has a 1.69 ERA across 32 innings since he joined the Nationals before the 2012 season. And this year he was the only Nats pitcher to beat L.A. during the regular season with six innings of one-run ball on July 20.
Pitching for the Dodgers will be rookie Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48). The Nationals will be seeing him for the first time, which could present a challenge.
Washington's lineup has a few changes in it for Game 3. Bryce Harper has been dropped down to the cleanup spot with Jayson Werth back in the two-hole. Manager Dusty Baker has made an adjustment now that the Dodgers are starting a right-hander.
First pitch: 4:08 p.m.
TV: MLB Network (free preview*)
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, ESPN
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Dodgers - Kenta Maeda
CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez
LF Howie Kendrick
3B Justin Turner
SS Corey Seager
RF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
C Yasmani Grandal
2B Charlie Culberson
CF Joc Pederson
RHP Kenta Maeda
*MLB Network has a free preview for customers using these providers: AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Frontier, RCN and Verizon FiOS through Tuesday.