Houston (USA), Oct. 7 – The power of pitching and timely batting were the keys with which the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals achieved the victories that kept them in their respective Series competition. Divisionals of the Old Circuit that tied 2-2 and forced the decisive fifth game.
Starter Max Scherzer threw a ball jewel and was responsible for silencing the devastating offensive of the Los Angeles Dodgers who lost 6-1 to the Nationals in the fourth game.
The triumph prevented the elimination of the Nationals and the series moves back to Los Angeles, where on Wednesday it will have to be decided in the fifth and final match.
The Dodgers have already chosen Walker Buehler as their stellar starter to climb the mound of their Dodger Stadium field.
While the Nationals will go with Stephen Strasburg, the same one who silenced the Californian team in the second match, which was also played at Dodger Stadium.
Scherzer although he gave up a solo home run in the top of the first episode to third baseman Justin Turner, the second who hits the series, did not lose control and from that moment he took over the mound for seven dominant episodes.
The star opener of the Nationals, who took the victory, the first he achieved in the series, spaced four hits with a clean run allowed, gave three bases per ball and fanned seven rival batters after making 109 pitches and 72 placing them in the strike zone.
The relievers Sean Doolittle, who worked an entry and a third, and Daniel Hudson, were responsible for removing the last six “outs” of the game and secured the victory.
If Scherzer, Doolittle and Hudson did their job from the mound, the timely and productive batting of the Nationals was led by veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman who went 4-2, including a three-run homer, who hit the bottom of the fifth episode and allowed the Washington team to achieve a cluster of four scores that made a difference.
Along with Zimmerman, 35, the secret letter used by the Puerto Rican Nationals manager, Dave Martinez, was also the timely and powerful batting of the third Hispanic baseman, the Houston-based Anthony Rendón, who went 2-1 with three runs driven and annotation.
While shortstop Trea Turner also stood out by stepping on the register twice after leaving 5-3 and leaving at .333 his batting average.
The defeat was the Mexican reliever Julio Urías (0-1), who came out in the top of the fifth inning and brought nothing on his arm when he was punished with three hits and three clean runs after he had just taken two ” outs “.
Veteran Puerto Rican receiver Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth inning with an out on the board and boosted the Cardinals’ triumph race 5-4 against the Atlanta Braves.
Molina was also responsible for hitting the single driver in the bottom of the eighth episode that put the draw on the board (4-4) and made possible the comeback of the Cardinals.
The victory allowed the San Luis team to stay alive and play, on Wednesday, the decisive fifth game, when both teams meet at the SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
The Braves will open with young Mike Foltynewicz and the Cardinals will also decide on Jack Flaherty, his great promise.
The decisive play came in the tenth episode with an “out” on the board, Molina in the batter’s box, his fourth turn, and runners in third and first base.
Molina maintained control and waited for the launch of Colombian Julio Tehran (0-1) to ensure contact with the ball and put it deep enough to allow the drive.
This happened, Molina kept her bat after making contact with the ball and knowing that she had achieved the victory driven by second baseman Kolten Wong from third.
Wong opened the entrance with a double of ground rock against Tehran, then first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was intentionally walking.
The Dominican Marcell Ozuna forced an “out” so that Wong reached third and Molina made the difference with a deep high to the left garden.
Molina, who went 4-1, hit the single impeller with two “outs” of the eighth episode that he achieved after overcoming the ball the glove of the first baseman of the Braves Freddie Freeman.
While Ozuna was the most productive player in the Cardinals’ offense by hitting a pair of home runs, two lonely shots, which he hit in the first and fourth episodes, respectively, and which allowed the San Luis team to take a partial advantage of 3 -one.
Goldschmidt had also bounced the ball out of the park in the first episode by the Cardinals for the 1-0 run, which was increased to 2-0 with the Ozuna home run.
The victory was the reliever Miles Mikolas (0-1), the eighth pitcher used by the Cardinals, and who was responsible for removing the three “outs” of the tenth.