Nationals over Dodgers 10-0

Game Played on 5/23/2018 5:30 PM at Cool 1
Results were reported on 5/24/2018 12:07 PM
GameID: 16648

Pitching for Nationals Pitching for Dodgers
NameAgePitch Count
Brendan Pimental938
Logan DiPilato940
NameAgePitch Count
Wesley Axline845
Brayden O'Sullivan958

A picture perfect Wednesday afternoon, 80 degrees with a cool breeze set the stage for a National League matchup between the Dodgers and Nationals.  In the top of the first, Dodgers stalwart Brayden O’Sullivan drew a walk but was left stranded by some quality Nationals defense and pitching from rookie sensation Brendan Pimental.  In the bottom of the first, the Nats put the bats to work.   With Rishi Prasad,Patrick Babola, and Logan Dipilato setting the table and loading the bases, Josh Curtis and George “Herman” Coombs had key hits to knock in three and give the Nats a 3-0 head start.

Brendan put up a solid second despite a hit by pitch to Chris McLaughlin and a walk to Viren Kapoor.  He struck out two to end the inning.  There was more magic in the Nats bats in the second as Declan Carroll drew a walk and Kevin Lee scorched a double.  Patrick walked to load the bases for Cool Cam Espino, who shrugged off plate discipline to chop a 3-2 pitch that was over his head all the way to left field.  This incredible hit rendered his coaches speechless, wondering “how’d he do it?”   We’re glad he did.  It scored three and gave the Nats a 6-0 lead.

A quiet third inning was highlighted by solid Dodgers pitching by reliever Brayden O’Sullivan who retired the Nats side with no runs scored.  The Nats combined excellence of Brendan and Logan struck out the side – Logan struck out two using only seven pitches and Brendan ended his day with two plus innings of scoreless ball. 

The fourth inning featured some great hitting.  The Dodgers’ Wesley Axline smoked a line drive to right that landed near the line. Nationals right fielder Rishi Prasad raced to the ball and threw to second, incredible holding Wesley to a single.  Great defense!   Great hit, too!  In the bottom of the 4th, the Nats had consecutive hits from Patrick and Cam before Logan drove them in with a triple.  The score was now 10-0 Nationals.

Great effort by both teams.  Best of luck to both teams for the rest of the season.  The playoffs are just around the corner.