The Nationals head into the late innings of NLDS Game 1 down 4-3, but accomplished one of their goals: getting Clayton Kershaw out of the game early.
After Kershaw started the game out hot, striking out the side in the first inning, Nats hitters went to work on the All-Star lefty. They scored three runs off him on eight hits over five innings, working his pitch count to 101 — the most he's thrown since his return from a back injury in September.
For most other pitchers, that's a modest-but-not-terrible pitching line. But this is Kershaw, who doesn't give up much of anything. Friday night was the first time he allowed three or more runs since June 26, before his injury. And with the Nats down 4-0 by the third inning, found a way to to claw back against the best pitcher in the game. However, they were just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position against him, with the lone hit an Anthony Rendon two-out, two-run single in the third inning.
All things considered, knocking Kershaw out of the game before the sixth inning is a victory. But the offense has to keep the pressure on the Dodgers bullpen.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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