By Michael Marzzacco
Monday night’s game between the Nationals and Dodgers was supposed to feature an epic pitching matchup at Dodger Stadium between Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg but it didn’t happen. An hour before first pitch, Strasburg was scratched from the lineup with an upper back strain. Instead, Washington went with Yusmeiro Petit.
The Dodgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first five innings. In the first, Justin Turner homered over the center field wall. Turner got another RBI in the fourth with a single that scored Corey Seager. In the fifth, Joc Pederson homered into right field. All three runs were allowed by Petit.
In the top of the seventh the Nats finally got on the board. Anthony Rendon got a base hit into right field that scored Ryan Zimmerman. That would be the only run they were able to score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Utley drove in Howie Kendrick and the Dodgers took game one 4-1.
Petit went six innings allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts in the loss. His record drops to 2-1. Oliver Perez pitched the seventh allowing one run on two hits, striking out two. Sammy Solis took over in the eighth and struck out two.
Kershaw got the win and improved his record to 11-1. He went seven innings with eight strikeouts.
The Nats and Dodgers will continue the three game series tonight with a 10:10 fist pitch. Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14 ERA) takes the mound for Washington while Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.64 ERA) gets the nod for LA.