Though the game ended after five innings due to rain, the Dodgers overcame an early deficit and used a very timely Max Muncy grand slam in the top of the fifth inning to take home a 6-2 victory when the affair was called off in the top of the sixth.
If there was one team able to take down a red-hot Kyle Schwarber and Nationals squad that was 15-4 in their last 19 games, it was of course the World Series champs.
After all, they still haven’t forgotten about 2019 when the Nats bounced them from the NLDS in historic fashion.
The best part of the night, however, was the reaction from the Dodgers’ Twitter account following Muncy’s game-deciding blast.
Sorry, DC. Had to be done.
The Dodgers Twitter account perfectly trolled the Nationals on Thursday.
That’s one hell of a response from Muncy after he was snubbed as an All-Star starter for the NL. In fact, the Dodgers have zero starters in the Midsummer Classic! That should help with their motivation heading into the break.
As for the trolling tweet, it couldn’t have at a better time. Max Scherzer is set to take the bump on Friday. Though there’s no disputing he’s the real Mad Max — he’s a future Hall of Famer thanks to his World Series title and three Cy Young awards — but sticking it to the Nats like this to kick off the series sends a message.
The Dodgers still have some statements to make within their own division — which the Giants currently lead and where the Pads have the upper hand in the season series — as well as the rest of the NL.
Though they swept the Nats earlier in the year and disposed of the Cubs last weekend, they’ve lost series against the Braves, Reds and Brewers. The Cubs also swept them in Chicago. LA has lowly series wins against the Phillies, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Pirates and Cardinals.
50-31 is nothing to scoff at, but the Dodgers have plenty of work to do in establishing themselves as a bonafide powerhouse in 2021. Handling the Nats in this four-game set would be a good start as we approach the break. It’ll continue Friday when Max Scherzer tries to reclaim his “Mad Max” moniker after what Muncy did on Thursday.