by Diego Marquez
After leading the Washington Nationals 2-1 heading into the fourth game of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers’ chances of advancing looked good as Los Angeles’ third baseman Justin Turner launched a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Dodgers the lead.
That run was negated when Nationals’ Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice-fly to score a run, and one of his three RBIs of the night, to propel Washington past Los Angeles and survive to play at least for one more day with a 6-1 win on Monday.
The location, scenario and mood have all changed as Game 5 of the NLDS returns to Los Angeles tonight for the final and decisive game between the two clubhouses.
Los Angeles finished with the best home record in the National League with a 59-22 record at Chavez Ravine and are vying for their fourth consecutive NLCS while Washington is looking for its second appearance in franchise history.
Although the Dodgers are considered the favorites, Washington does not look at it that way as they will have one of their aces, and recent Game 2 starter, right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who is 18-6 in 2019 and has a postseason ERA of 0.64, struck out 10 Dodgers and allowed one earned run in the Nationals 4-2 win to tie the series up at 1-1 on Friday.
The Dodgers are just as confident sending Game 1’s winning pitcher, Walker Buehler, out on the mound for the decisive Game 5 today. Buehler struck out eight batters and walked three others in a one-hit performance.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. at Dodgers Stadium.