Turner homers in Nats win, clinch home field

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Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner, right, is greeted by third base coach Bob Henley, left, as he rounds the bases on his home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Michael Marzzacco

Game 1 and 2 of the NLDS will take place in DC thanks to a Dodgers loss Saturday afternoon to the Giants 3-0. The Nationals meanwhile took care of their business on the field with a 2-1 win over the Marlins in the second to last game of the regular season.

The Nats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single into center field by Bryce Harper that scored Trea Turner. Turner added a solo shot in the fifth over the left field wall for his 13th of the season. In 72 games this season, Turner not only has 13 home runs but 31 stolen bases, including one of each in this contest. Turner finished the afternoon 2-for-3.

Tanner Roark went six innings before allowing a run in the sixth. He exited the game to a standing ovation. Roark will likely get the start for Game 2 on Saturday. Mark Melancon picked up the save, his 46th of the season.

Michael Taylor and Danny Espinosa also went 2-for-3.

It’s confirmed that the Nationals will face the Dodgers in the NLDS. The first two games are this Friday and Saturday in Washington. The series shifts to LA next Monday and Tuesday for Games 3 and 4 (10/10 and 10/11 if necessary), while Game 5 (if necessary) will head back to the district on Thursday October 13th for Game 5 (if necessary). Game times will be announced at a later date.

Game 1 will likely feature a pitching matchup between Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. We will provide coverage throughout the postseason so be sure to keep it locked here on The Pursuit as we take you on the Nats’ pursuit in October.

In the meantime, there’s still just one more game to be played, Game 162. First pitch from Nationals Park is at 3:05 p.m. Scherzer (19-7, 2.82 ERA) will take the ball for the Nats going for his 20th win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Tom Koehler (9-13, 4. 15 ERA). With pitchers usually getting five days of rest, Scherzer will have a golden opportunity for win #20 at home in front of the passionate Nats fans.

 

 

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