OOTP 21: April 21, 2020 – Dodgers 11, Nationals 2 – Joc Joc Joc bails out Dave’s odd Kolarek use

While the Dodgers are beginning to play like the team everybody expected them to be in 2020, the Nationals are quickly getting familiar with just how far away from 2019 they are. After being clobbered by the Dodgers tonight by an 11-4 score in their home park, they have now fallen to 7-15 while the Dodgers improve to 14-9.

The game actually wasn’t as lopsided as it seems by the final score. In fact, the score was knotted at 3-3 going into the 7th when Joc Pederson came up huge for the Dodgers by smoking a two-run ding dong to put the Dodgers up 5-3.

While Yan Gomes did his best to keep the Nationals in it with an RBI double of his own in response, the Dodgers made the one-run lead hold up after they exploded on the Nats bullpen to the tune of six runs in the 8th and never looked back from there.

We’re stringing together some nice wins,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

That’s the kind of #Analysis that’ll get him a seat on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball in the future, baybeeee.

David Price‘s ERA rises to 2.17 with a passable showing from him, going just five innings and giving up two runs. But even when he doesn’t have it all working he’s keeping the Dodgers in games in his starts.

Really the head-scratcher here is Roberts allowing Adam Kolarek to face nine batters, during which he surrendered two runs on three hits. Does he realize the new rule is three batters? What the hell is going on here? Thankfully, Blake Treinen got Kolarek (and Roberts) out of a jam and Ross Stripling cruised over the final two innings. Big yikes on the managerial front, tho.

The Dodgers will try to secure an early series win tomorrow but will have their work cut out for him with Max Scherzer lined up against Alex Wood.

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