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Simulating the Dodgers’ 2020 season: Game 23 vs. Nationals

The simulated Dodgers travel to the nation’s capital for a three-game series against the Nats in Out of the Park Baseball 21.

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This is the 19th installment of an ongoing series, where my dad and I will simulate each game on the Dodgers schedule until real Dodger baseball returns. Catch up on the rest of the series here! Thanks all for the comments and support!

Welcome back! After a sweep of the Pirates and a day off, we return to the diamond to take on the Nationals in a three-game series in the nation’s capital (home of your trusted simulated blogger).

Today’s matchup: David Price (3-1, 4.26 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-0, 6.33 ERA). Price is looking to rebound after an awful start last time out, the first bad performance after three great ones in a Dodger uniform. With a lefty on the mound for the Nats, A.J. Pollock and Chris Taylor replace Joc Pederson and Gavin Lux in our starting lineup.

It’s time for the game! Watch it here or scroll below to find out what happened. If you want to be notified when we go live with future simulations and chime in with your live feedback and/or input on managerial decisions, follow me on Twitch!

Both pitchers started this one off in improved form, as the game was scoreless through three innings. The only real offensive opportunities came in the third inning: in the top half, Mookie Betts singled and Max Muncy walked but couldn’t score; in the bottom half, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to lead off the inning but the Nats could not score him either (even with a Trea Turner single).

In the fourth, the Dodgers took the lead, and it would stick. Corey Seager led off the inning with a solo home run, and A.J. Pollock followed with one of his own. After the back-to-back home runs, it was 2-0 Dodgers.

Rain fell at points throughout the game, and then picked up heavily in the later innings. Just as we were beginning to talk about how long we wanted David Price to go, the game was called due to weather. The Dodgers win 2-0, Price gets credit for a complete game shutout despite pitching just six innings, and we take an early 1-0 lead in the series!

Here’s the box score:

Next up: a doubleheader to finish this series against the Nats. The first game will feature Julio Urias (1-1, 2.13 ERA) against Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 2.51 ERA), while the second will see Ross Stripling (1-0, 2.59 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (2-0, 4.18 ERA). See you then!