National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Washington|
(Thursday, September 20th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Los Angeles 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The long and agonizing wait is over.
For the first time since Andre Dawson was shagging fly balls in Montreal, the
Washington Nationals' franchise is heading back to the postseason.
Ross Detwiler tossed six solid innings, while Ryan Zimmerman and Danny
Espinosa ripped RBI doubles in Washington's 4-1 triumph over the Los Angeles
Dodgers in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Drew Storen struck out the side in the ninth to notch his third save of the
season and the franchise's first postseason appearance since 1981.
During the lockout-shortened 1981 season, Montreal defeated the Philadelphia
Phillies in the National League Division Series before falling to the Dodgers
in the National League Championship Series.
It's the first time in 79 years that a DC team has made the postseason, when
the 1933 Washington Senators fell to the New York Giants in the World Series.
"This is definitely a meaningful moment," Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth
said of the momentous win. "We'll celebrate tonight and go back to work
Detwiler (10-6) fanned five and surrendered a run on three hits for
Washington, which had lost four of its past five games coming in.
Chris Capuano (11-11) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and a
walk for the Dodgers, who have dropped three of their last four contests and
sit three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card
"We're going in the wrong direction," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
The Nationals opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the third.
Werth led off the third with a single and Bryce Harper reached on a fielder's
choice. Harper scored when Zimmerman hit a double into the left-center
field gap. Zimmerman moved to third on Adam LaRoche's groundout and scored
on a Capuano wild pitch.
Detwiler retired the first nine Dodgers in order before Mark Ellis began the
fourth with a blast into the Los Angeles bullpen in left field, but Washington
tacked on two more runs in the home half to make it a 4-1 game.
After Ian Desmond walked to start the frame, Espinosa pulled a double down the
third-base line, which plated Desmond. Espinosa, who scampered to third on
Hanley Ramirez's throwing error home, scored when Kurt Suzuki lifted a
sacrifice fly to right field.
The Dodgers tallied just four hits and were 0-for-1 with runners in scoring
position, while Washington finished 0-for-7 with RISP ... The 1981 Expos
finished the regular season 60-48, while the 1933 Senators were 99-53.
09/21 01:27:12 ET