Oh, and a couple of home runs, just for insurance.
The Dodgers pitching staff held the Nationals to just two hits while striking out 13.
Los Angeles started the scoring early, by being patient. Patrick Corbin couldn’t find the strike zone in the first frame, walking four batters. That matched his career-high in walks against the Dodgers in a game.
Walker Buehler faced the minimum through three, but ran into some trouble in the fourth inning. He walked the bases loaded, but was able to escape on a comebacker for the third out.
The Dodgers were held hitless through three innings. Muncy led off the fourth with a hit against the shift, the first of the game. He was followed by Corey Seager, who slipped one under Howie Kendrick‘s glove for the second straight hit of the inning, but the Dodgers were unable to cash in.
After a 1-2-3 inning by Buehler, Cody Bellinger walked to start the fifth inning, and Chris Taylor beat out a infield hit despite a spectacular play by Anthony Rendon. Muncy hit another one under Kendrick’s glove, and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead. Taylor was thrown out at home for the third out of the inning.
Buehler again threw a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. He ended his night with 100 pitches—no runs, one hit. three walks and eight strikeouts.
Tanner Rainey took over for Corbin in the seventh inning. The Nationals starter finished with one earned run, three walks, five walks, and nine strikeouts. Pinch hitter Joc Pederson walked, and Turner blooped a single info shirt right. Fernando Rodney replaced Rainey, with runners on first and third. Rodney walked Taylor, and Muncy subsequently delivered a two-run single. The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead.
Maeda was dominant in the eighth, retiring the side and collecting two strikeouts in the process.
The first home run of the postseason was hit, of course, by a rookie. Pinch-hitting for Maeda, Gavin Lux took Hunter Strickland deep to give the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. Lux became the youngest Dodger in postseason history to homer for the Dodgers.
The second long ball was hit by Pederson—a shot off the right field foul pole, stretching the Dodgers’ lead to six.
Joe Kelly was brought on to throw the ninth. He promptly gave up a leadoff double, but then retired the next three batters to preserve the two-hit shutout.