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: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flies out in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Dodgers’ RISP woes continue

It appeared that the Dodgers had a chance to break through against Max Scherzer in the seventh inning as they loaded the bases with one out.  Chris Taylor struck out and then Joc Pederson grounded out to second base after just missing out on a bases clearing double as his ball fell just foul.  Just as Zimmerman’s ball just got out, Joc’s ball just went foul and the difference was profound.

Thanks in large part to that failure with the bases loaded, the Dodgers left seven runners on base and went 0-8 with runners in scoring position.  If the Dodgers are going to advance to the NLCS they will need to capitalize on what figures to be limited scoring opportunities against Stephen Strasburg.  They will need to generate offense by doing the little things like moving runners over and driving them in even if it doesn’t come on a base hit.