Dodgers fans leave game early after Howie Kendrick 10th inning grand slam

Ross Houston
October 10, 2019

All the Washington Nationals needed from Howie Kendrick was a fly ball to the outfield in Game 5 of the NLDS.

Here are six takeaways from Game 5 worth knowing.

They may never understand why he permitted Clayton Kershaw to face the heart of Washington's batting order in the eighth inning, when. That's important to remember, because the final score doesn't reflect how close they were to winning the series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell apart in epic fashion on Wednesday night, and Dodgers fans did not want to stick around for a possible comeback.

Kershaw gave up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto, respectively. Roberts didn't second-guess his decision to stay with Kershaw in the eighth.

"Disappointing is probably an understatement, " manager Dave Roberts said.

The Dodgers counter with Walker Buehler (six scoreless innings in Game 1).

He was replaced by Kershaw with one out in the ninth inning after issuing two walks and throwing 51 pitches.

Game three was the rare game where the Dodger offense exploded. They got that and then some.

Stephen Strasburg fell behind 2-0 after eight pitches. He threw 105 pitches, the most since his penultimate regular-season start on September 21. Now the Dodgers are just one loss away from being one and done in the 2019 postseason. He gave up four hits and three walks while striking out seven on 117 pitches. On Wednesday, the clubs will meet in another do-or-die Game 5, this time on the opposite coast at Dodger Stadium. Thanks to a seven run sixth inning with two outs, the Dodgers inflated some of their offensive stats for the series.

Muncy, by the way, started at second base and later moved to first, showcasing some of his defensive versatility. A strikeout by Chris Taylor and a ground out by Joc Pederson quickly ended the Dodgers' best chance to do damage against Scherzer. This will be the Nationals' first ever trip to the NLCS.

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