The Los Angeles Dodgers lost an emotional game 5 to the Washington Nationals. A complete shocker to the world of baseball. Especially Dodgers fans who expected them to make their third straight World Series appearance. The Dodgers were up 3-0 up for majority of the game but did not put themselves in a position to seal the deal with insurance runs.
In the 8th inning while the Dodgers were ahead, they made a questionable decision by putting Clayton Kershaw at the plate. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke on the decision to put Kershaw in the game. “I felt good about Clayton. When you got Rendon and Soto. I like Clayton. We had Clayton ready for whatever today. The success that Clayton has had against Soto with a two run lead. I’ll take Clayton any day in that situation.”
Fans were confused because of Kershaw’s history in the playoffs. With Kershaw at the mound, history had repeated itself. He allowed back to back home runs. Everyone was shocked! The Dodgers lost the game 7-3. Howie Kendrick ended the Dodgers in the 10th inning send the Nationals to the NCLS. Roberts spoke on how proud he is of his players even though they lost in the first round.
“It’s one of those things you can’t script. I made sure they knew how proud of them I was. They competed all year long, didn’t take a day off. Give credit to the Nationals, they came in here and took the series. Disappointed is an understatement.”
MVP candidate Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto knocked two home runs to tie the game 3-3. Rendon spoke on what it means to be in this position.
“Not many people get to experience this, or a great moment like this. Obviously there are going to be never and emotions that’s wild but that’s what’s fun about it, that’s what we awesome. But you just got to contain yourself and realize at the end of the day it’s just a game. We got soldiers that’s fighting for freedom of this country on the other side of the world. That’s more important than this game we’re playing. I’d rather be playing baseball than getting shot.” Even though the Nationals advanced to the next round Rendon to the chance bring light about bigger issues at hand.
Dodgers infielder Max Muncy ended his press conference with a statement with tears in his eyes saying “It’s kind of hard right now but it’s a do or die game. Playoff baseball in October. It’s the whole reason you play the game for opportunities like this. A big stage and opportunities to shine”