— MLB (@MLB) October 10, 2019
You can’t make this stuff up folks.
The Los Angeles Dodgers led the Washington Nationals 3-1 in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s series deciding Game 5 of the NLDS. The Dodgers, if you weren’t aware, have had the best run differential in the National League each of the past three seasons, yet have been unable to take home the World Series trophy.
Clayton Kershaw started the eighth inning after coming on in relief in the previous frame. Kershaw, if you weren’t aware, has a reputation for not being able to deliver in the postseason (career 4.33 playoff ERA) despite being one of the greatest starting pitchers of all time.
So, what happened? To put it succinctly, all hell broke loose for the boys in blue.
Kershaw gave up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto, respectively. That tied the game at three runs apiece. It also gave us this photo.
This picture is actually haunting. There’s a full-on tied elimination game going down and there isn’t another person in the vicinity of Clayton Kershaw.pic.twitter.com/VC7hruY9i6
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) October 10, 2019
The game stayed tied until the 10th, when Nationals second baseman, and former Dodger, Howie Kendrick, blasted a no-out grand slam to give the Nationals a 7-3 lead, one they would hang onto, and advance to the NLCS.
No worries Dodgers fans, there’s always next year.