OOTP 21: April 10, 2020 – Dodgers 8, Nationals 3

Mookie Betts (Photo: Cody Bashore)

In their first meeting since the 2019 NLDS, the Dodgers exacted revenge against the World Series champion Washington Nationals by an 8-3 score. Gone are those bad memories from October … he wrote, unconvincingly.

Mookie Betts, proving to be quite the useful mammal, led the Dodgers attack by going 2-for-4 with 2 gigantic dongs. He has three homers and 11 RBI in the young season.

Chalk one up for the good guys,” Betts said. “I’m sure our fans enjoyed that win.

Epic quote, Mookie.

He took Nats starter Joe Ross deep twice — once in the first inning and once in the 3rd. A two-run homer by Joc Pederson in the 8th inning would cap the Dodgers scoring.

Alex Wood fired 6 1/3 strong innings in route to his first victory of the season. He allowed five hits, two runs (both earned), walked three and struck out five. He, uncharacteristically, got five outs via the fly ball. His sinker just wasn’t doing much sinking on the day.

An eighth-inning home run off the bat of Howie Kendrick (sigh) off Caleb Ferguson was the only run the Nats got off the Dodgers’ bullpen. Kenley Jansen allowed two hits in the ninth, but escaped otherwise unscathed.

The Dodgers improve to 8-6 with the win, while the Nats fall to 6-7. Julio Urias takes on Max Scherzer in what’s sure to be a tough game for LA.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.