The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up where they left off in the regular season, dominating the Washington Nationals in a 6-0 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
The Dodgers rode a terrific pitching performance by Walker Buehler to a shutout of the Wild Card winning Nationals, taking a 1-0 lead in the series heading into Game 2.
Buehler dominated the Nationals, throwing six shutout innings and striking out eight hitters. He allowed only four batters to reach base, three on walks and one on a Juan Soto single in the top of the second inning.
The Nationals were in it for much of the game, thanks in large part to their starter, Patrick Corbin. He also threw six innings and allowed only one run after walking the bases loaded and then walking in a run in the first inning.
The Dodgers, however, broke things open late in the game. In the 7th frame, Max Muncy singled in a pair of runs, and then Joc Pederson and Gavin Lux hit home runs off of reliever Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning.
Los Angeles appears to be in command of the series, and they’ll look to extend their lead to 2-0 when Clayton Kershaw takes the mound against the Nats in Game 2.