By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals failed to complete the sweep over the Dodgers but still finished their west coast trip with a 7-2 record. Now they head back to DC to take on the Orioles Thursday night in a make up game from last month before welcoming the Texas Rangers to town for a weekend series. Wednesday afternoon featured an epic pitching battle between Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw.
Strasburg went six innings allowing three hits on two runs with eight strikeouts. He also tied Kerry Wood’s record for most strikeouts during a starting pitcher’s first 1,000 innings with 1,166 career strikeouts. Kershaw countered with seven innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out nine.
The Nationals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on Ryan Zimmerman’s 17th home run of the year.
Here’s a video of Zim taking Kershaw deep for his NL leading 17th HR.
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The Dodgers scored twice in the sixth to take the lead for good. Corey Seager tied it with a home run over the center field wall. Later in the inning Yasmani Grandal doubled home Adrian Gonzalez after left fielder Ryan Raburn missed the ball on a diving catch attempt.
Despite the loss, the Nationals hold a commanding lead in the NL East, up 12 games on both the Braves and Mets. Thursday night is the Beltway Series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.
Dusty Baker postgame