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Live Blogging with Eddie Rivera: Dodgers Beat Nationals 3-0, for Sweep

McKinstry accounts for all the runs, Jansen slams the door shut

Published on Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 1:16 pm
 

Here comes the sun. And McKinstry. And Kershaw. And Jansen.

When Juan Soto lost a fly ball in the sun in the second inning for a double by Zack Mkinstry, it looked for a while like it was the only run the Dodgers would need as ace Clayton Kershaw silenced the Washington Nationals for six innings.

McKinstry would come back again in the 7th inning, to score two more runs, and give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, which they never lost. McKinstry accounted for all the Dodger scoring in the game.

Relievers Corey Knebel, Blake Trienen were both sparkling as each silently but forcefully retired the Nationals in each of their respective innings. Neither was as masterful as closer Kenley Jansen, who slammed the door shut on the Nationals with under a dozen pitches in the top of the ninth.

It was the first sweep of the new season, which is looking brighter every day.

The Dodgers travel to Colorado tomorrow for a short series against the Rockies, and then a weekend series against the San Diego Nachos.

Here’s how we blogged today’s game.

It’s the third game of a three-game Opening Week home series as the Dodgers, without Mookie Betts and Corey Bellinger,  look for three in a row against the Washington Nationals. Two of the best pitchers in baseball will battle each other, as Clayton Kershaw faces the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. 

Before the game, the Dodgers honored former all-star and living legend pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, forty years after “Fernandomania.” Whew!

Game Time 1 p.m.

FIRST INNING 

Top

Kershaw starts with a out of Victor Robles and a single to Trea Turner. Soto gets on base, and Turner is out at second.

Ryan Zimmerman is at 2-1. He chops one to Seager, and the first inning is so done.

Bottom

Gavin lux flies out to left.

Corey Seager is so out. 

Justin Turner flies out to left.

 Dodgers 0, Nationals, 0

SECOND INNING

Top

Inside Sports cover story, 1981, by Eddie Rivera

Kershaw strikes out Jordy Mercer 1.2.3.

Starling Castro is 2-2.  2-3. He bangs one to short center.

Yadiel Hernandez, out of Cuba, is at 1-0. He flies out.

Jonathan Lucroy ends the inning, not deliberately. 

 Dodgers 0, Nationals, 0

Bottom

Muncy singles to the deep left corner, left of Bernie Sanders.

Chris Taylor, who homered big last night, is at 0-1. 1-1. 2-1. 2-2. He flies out to right.

Edwin Rios (no relation), is at 1-0. He is so out.

McKinstry, another hero from last night, is at 2-2. 3-2, like full. He doubles to center, when the ball is lost in the sun. In comes Muncy.

Austin Barnes is at 1-2. He is way struck out.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

THIRD INNING

Top

Scherzer flies out to Taylor.

Victor Robles is so out.

Trea Turner singles right up the middle.

Juan Soto is at 2-1. He flies way out to left.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

Bottom

Scherzer strikes out Kershaw.

Lux (no relation) is at 1-1. 1-2. 2-2. He is so struckened out.

Seager imitates Lux.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

FOURTH INNING

Top

Zimmerman (no relation) is at 2-2. He is out. Way out. Way out.

Mercer is at 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, Out. Like Zimmerman.

Castro is at 1-1. 2-1. 3-2. He drops one into short center.

Hernandez is at 0-1. Hernandez is at 0-2. That is the fourth inning.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

Bottom

Justin Turner, batting .400 at the moment, is at 2-2. He is out at first, zero for dos today.

Muncy (no relation) is at 0-1. 1-1, and strikes himself out.

Taylor is all 1-0 and that.And then he is done.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

FIFTH INNING

Top

The sun is out, and the reserve section is like the beach. Not in a good way.

Lucroy is at 1-1, wearing cool bug sunglasses. 2-1. He bangs one right at Seager.

Kershaw gets his revenge and strikes out pitcher Scherzer.

Lux flies out to short right.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

Bottom

Rios flies out to Juan Soto (no relation).

McKinstry flies out after a full count.

Barnes is at 0-1. He flies out to right/

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

SIXTH INNING.

Top

Turner is at 1-1. He earns a single  by less than an inch with a perfect bunt along the third base line.

Soto is at 0-1. Kershaw fans him.

Zimmerman 0 for 2 today, grounds out to first.

Mercer is at 2-0. He is at 2-1. Kershaw sends him to the dugout.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

Bottom

Matt Beaty, in for Kershaw,  is at 3-0. Walk, walk, walk.

Lux is at 1-1, 1-2, 2-2. 3-2.  He bangs one right at Zimmerman, who leaps for it, and tags out Beatty. Two out just like that.

Seager doubles to the right corner.

Turner grounds out to first.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

SEVENTH INNING

Top

Corey Knebel is in for Kershaw.

Castro is at 1-2, and then he gets thrown right out at first by Turner.

Hernandez is out at first.

Lucroy flies out to center.

Dodgers 1, Nationals 0. 

Bottom

Blake Trenien is pitching for the Doyers.

Tanner Rainey is pitching for the Nationals now.

Muncy flies out to deep left.

Taylor singles to right field.

Rios is at 0-1. 1-2. He flies out to right.

McKinstry is at 2-1. He homers to center field, his second in his career, bringing in Taylor.

Austin Barnes strikes out.

Dodgers 3, Nationals 0. 

EIGHTH INNING

Top

Former National Blake Trienen is pitching.

Andrew Stevenson singles to center.

Robles singles to right.

Turner is at 2-2. The count is full. Trienen sends him down.

Juan Soto is at 2-0. 3-0. Soto flies out to center field.

Zimmerman (no relation) grounds out to first as Trienen escapes a serious jam.

Dodgers 3, Nationals 0. 

Bottom

Brad Hand is pitching for the Nationals. AJ Pollock flies out.

Lux is at 2-1. He goes 0 for 11 in this series.

Seager is at 1-0. He ends the inning by his own self.

Dodgers 3, Nationals 0. 

NINTH INNING

Kenley Jansen is pitching relief.

Luis Garcia is at 0-1. 0-2. He is down on three pitches.

Starling Castro is at 1-2. He is done. Really done.

Hernandez gets struckened out as well, also.

Dodgers 3, Nationals 0. 

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