Nationals Game Notes: October 10 at Los Angeles Dodgers (NLDS Game 3)
Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) at Washington Nationals (1-1)
RHP Kenta Maeda [16-11, 3.48] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-11, 4.57]
Monday, October 10 l Game #3 / NLDS l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 1:08 P.M. (PT)
Television: FS1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals and Dodgers split the first two games of this NLDS with the Dodgers securing the victory in Game 1 before Washington rebounded to take Game 2…Theirs is the only NLDS series this Postseason in which each team has won at least one game.
- With Saturday’s rainout, the clubs traveled to LA overnight to open Game 3 at Dodger Stadium at 1:08 p.m. PT on Monday…Game 4 is slated for 2:08 p.m. PT on Tuesday.
With the Nationals trailing, 2-0, in the fourth inning on Sunday, C Jose Lobaton crushed a three-run home run to left field to put Washington up, 3-2 — a lead from which they never looked back…It was the second career Postseason home run for Lobaton, who hit a walk-off homer for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the 2013 ALDS against Boston and has now left the yard with two of his three career Postseason knocks.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lobaton is just the second catcher in MLB Postseason history to hit a lead-assuming home run with his team trailing by at least two runs…He joins Jim Hegan, who hit a three-run homer in Game 5 of the 1948 World Series for Cleveland, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead…Cleveland won the title in six games.
The 2016 Nationals have several members of their roster who are no strangers to the Postseason — and multiple who are also no strangers to Postseason success:
- 2B Daniel Murphy: The 2015 National League Championship Series MVP, Murphy almost single-handedly led the New York Mets to the World Series last season…In 16 career Postseason games, Murphy has hit .359 (23-for-64) with two doubles, seven home runs, 13 RBI, eight walks, 14 runs scored, and a .719 slugging percentage…Murphy’s otherworldly 2015 Postseason included a Major League record six consecutive games with a home run.
- LF Jayson Werth: The elder statesman of the 2016 Nationals, Werth has played in 55 career playoff games spanning eight different seasons…In helping lead the Philadelphia Phillies to back-to-back World Series appearances (including the 2008 title) in 2008-2009, Werth hit .292 with seven doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 18 walks, 17 RBI and 22 runs scored…Werth’s career in Washington is not without its own Postseason highlights, though, as his iconic walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS is one of the most celebrated moments in Nationals history…On the whole, Werth’s 14 career Postseason home runs rank fifth-most among all active Major Leaguers.