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Teammates congratulate Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton after his three-run homer in the fourth inning gave Washington its first lead of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. MUST CREDIT

Game 3 went more than four hours – and it didn’t contain extra innings. This gives us some of the best and most memorable moments in sports, but it can also force the game to be played in a strained, choppy manner. “I’ll tell the guys to “use your legs” in hitting”. The two-run shot pulled the Dodgers within 4-3 and knocked Gonzalez out of the game, which the Nationals won, 8-3.

Yesterday’s game was painfully familiar, as the Dodgers couldn’t get a key hit. “We’ve been playing together a long time now so I feel like this is our opportunity”.

The Dodgers/Nationals series is proving to be one of the best of the 2016 postseason, as it’s the only series that is tied after two games.

HollywoodLifers, who do you think will win the Dodgers/Nationals series? “It’s luck or whatever it is”.

While both managers would likely prefer to get more length from their starters, it’s clear that Roberts and Baker are willing to squeeze inning after inning out of their bullpens. “We had some momentum, but couldn’t keep it”. Four L.A. relievers threw four innings in Game 1, five relievers threw 4 2/3 innings in Game 2 and seven relievers threw seven innings in Game 3. Grandal struck out and Howie Kendrick hit a sharp line drive right at Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth. “They made him pay”. Trea Turner led off with a single. He was hitless with two walks Monday, hitting a sacrifice fly in the sixth with two on instead of the three-run homer the Fenway Park crowd wanted.

“We’re not ready to announce yet”, said Dave Roberts, the man they call “Doc”. “I’ve been taught to stay within myself ever since I was young”. Rookie Tyler Naquin delivered a two-run single and Josh Tomlin pitched five strong innings for the Indians, who will open the ALCS at home against Toronto on Friday. The Nationals missed a chance to pounce, but Maeda needed 28 pitches to get through the inning and the price was soon paid. He’s tossed four total innings this series without allowing a run on two hits and two walks.

The Dodgers scored on Reddick’s RBI single in the third and had the bases loaded again with one out. “I thought they did a good job today of getting the ball down”.

Maeda gave up four runs and five hits in three innings, struck out four and walked two in his first career start against Washington.

The Dodgers found themselves in a three-run hole and turned to their newest teammate for help in the fifth inning. Maeda was 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA in his first season in Major League Baseball.

Starting pitchers: Gio Gonzalez will be on the mound for the Nationals. Obviously, striking out wasn’t that and then hitting a ground ball.

“I was cheering so bad”, Ortiz said. “We squared up some baseballs, right at those guys”.

Jayson Werth, who went 3-for-4 on the day with a pair of RBI and runs scored, took Jansen’s first pitch of the inning deep for a solo homer. “I always try to have some good at-bats”.

So, yeah, you pitch Clayton Kershaw if he’s able, if he says he can, and then you stand back and watch what happens. After homering in the top of the first of both Games 1 and 2, Seager ripped an RBI double in the bottom of the first on Monday. Through three games, their NLDS is on a historic pace for length of games.?

“We’re in talks”, said Roberts who deemed Kershaw a “possibility” for the must-win start over 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias.

“You think”, he said with a chuckle, “I’m gonna say something before Doc says it?”

Two innings later, however, Hill’s 34th curveball of the day was not a good one.

Carlos Ruiz: Pinch-hit, two-run home run.

However, the Nationals rallied in the third. In 2012, the Dodgers reached the NLCS.

Considering that the Dodgers have a World Series title drought dating back to 1988, it would probably be in their best interest to chase after a championship sooner than later. For Tuesday’s game, they are deciding between Julio Urias, the rookie southpaw who was originally slated for Game 4, and three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw.

It has been a Division Series of attrition, one with pinch hitters and relievers galore trundling out of dugouts and bullpens in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.