Nationals manager Dave Martinez decided to start Anibal Sanchez in Game 3 and to save Max Scherzer for Game 4 on Sunday morning. This move seemed to be paying off perfectly; the Washington Nationals took a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers on a two-run home run hit by Juan Soto in the first inning, and Sanchez gave the Nationals five strong innings, striking out nine and allowing only four hits and one run.
After pinch-hitting for Sanchez in the bottom of the fifth, the Nationals turned to Patrick Corbin in the top of the sixth. Corbin, who was brilliant in the regular season (with a 3.25 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and 238 strikeouts in 202 innings pitched), had no answer at all for the Dodgers lineup in this one. In just 0.2 innings pitched, Patrick Corbin allowed four hits, two walks, and six runs as Los Angeles rolled to a seven-run sixth-inning.
Washington loaded up the bases in the bottom of the sixth with no outs, but Julio Urias came out of the Dodgers bullpen to shut down that rally. In the end, the Dodgers walked away with a 10-4 road win and will now have two chances to end this best-of-five series. Game 4’s projected starters are Rich Hill and Max Scherzer.