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Dodgers bats go cold, drop opening game to Nationals

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LA had more errors than runs on the night

MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers saw their 10-game home winning streak come to an end on Thursday night, as they dropped the first game of a four-game series to the Washington Nationals, 6-0. This is the first time the Dodgers have been shut out at Dodger Stadium since August 4 against the Astros, when they lost 14-0.

Coming into the game, the Nationals had the second worst record in the National League. They had lost four in a row, and 11 of their last 14. It just goes to show, it’s baseball, and anything can happen on any given night.

Washington got on the board right out of the gates, as former Dodger Howie Kendrick hit a three-run homer to give the Nats an early three-run cushion. That could’ve been enough right there, as the Dodgers didn’t score a run the entire night.

Kendrick would torch LA yet again later on. An error to lead off the eighth and a double by Anthony Rendon would put runners on second and third with no outs. Kendrick singled, making the game 4-0. A failed double play between Max Muncy and Corey Seager would bring in another run for the Nats, giving them the 5-0 lead.

The ninth would be yet another struggle all around for the Dodgers. Muncy failed to catch a pop fly, later resulting in a single. Joe Kelly then failed to field a little grounder, putting two on with no outs. A walk later, and the Nats had the bases loaded. Though it could have been a blow-up inning, Kelly was able to limit the damage to only one run.

Overall, it wasn’t a great night from the offense. They strung together six hits, but couldn’t capitalize beyond that. With runners in scoring position, they were 0-for-4, and left nine runners on base in total. A lot of the praise needs to go to Patrick Corbin, who was dominant on the night.

The Dodgers are far too familiar with Corbin, as he had an ERA under one last season with Arizona. He threw seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing only three hits.

Aside from a rough first inning, Rich Hill had a very solid start for LA. He went five innings, allowing three runs with five strikeouts. Had it not been for a first inning in which he threw nearly 30 pitches, Hill likely would have seen the sixth inning.

Thursday particulars

WP: Patrick Corbin (3-1) 7 IP, 8 SO, 0 ER

LP: Rich Hill (0-1) 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB

Home runs: Howie Kendrick (6)

Up next

The Dodgers will look to even the series on Friday night, as they’ll send Kenta Maeda to the mound. First pitch is at 7:10 pm PT.