Dodgers’ bullpen falters as Nationals force a game five

Pedro Baez, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after giving up a three run home run to Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning of game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The Dodgers’ bullpen fell apart on Monday evening and now there will be a decisive game five in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

All pressure was on the Nationals and Max Scherzer on Monday as the Dodgers were looking to eliminate Washington from the postseason.  Scherzer looked as comfortable as ever and really settled in after the third inning.  Max threw in the upper 90’s when necessary but he stayed in the mid 90’s for most of the game with pin point control until the seventh inning when he appeared fatigued.

Rich Hill was not sharp but it was a valiant effort for the veteran southpaw and hopefully he gets another outing with the Dodgers as it would mean the Dodgers in game five and are in the NLCS.  He walked four and allowed a run.  Most of the damage was done against Julio Urias and Pedro Baez as Baez gave up a game changing three run home run to Ryan Zimmerman.  Here are the takeaways from the series knotting game four.