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: Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits to be pulled in the fifth 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 Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Dodger bullpen has an off day

The Dodger bullpen was supposed to be one of the biggest strengths over the Washington Nationals and it had been up until game four.  Julio Urias gave up three hits and three runs in just 2/3 of an inning with the bulk coming on a three run home run against Pedro Baez.  Petey has been the Dodgers’ best high leverage reliever all season but on Monday he was bested by Ryan Zimmerman who took a fastball out of the zone over the centerfield wall.

Clayton Kershaw will likely come out of the bullpen for Wednesday’s game five as it will be all hands on deck.  Kershaw warmed up in the bullpen and stretched around a bit during game four but was not used.  Kenta Maeda was the one reliever who continued to do magnificent work out of the pen on Monday.