Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

If you went with Miles Mikolas in Game 1 in your Cardinals NLCS pitching rotation pool, you're a victor.

After emerging from a pair of wild Game 5s in the Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals will face off in this year's National League Championship Series - just as everyone predicted, right?

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the whole airplane watched the Mystics defeat the Connecticut Suns in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals from the sky en route to St. Louis for Game 1 of the NLCS. Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson will start for the Cards on the road in Games 3 and 4. The veteran right-hander has taken the loss in his past two starts against the Cardinals, capped by a five-inning, three-earned run performance in a 3-2 home loss to St. Louis on April 30.

Washington has yet to announce its roster. Down 3-0 for much of Game 5 on Wednesday against the 107-win Dodgers, the Nationals stormed back to score seven unanswered runs thanks in part to a grand slam by Howie Kendrick in the 10th inning to secure a 7-3 win.

He also closed the door with three straight outs in the 10th-inning of the club's 5-4 win in Game 4.

The Cardinals also scored 10 first-inning runs in Game 5 (a playoff record) on their way to a series-clinching 13-1 victory as a -105 road bet.

Flaherty, 23, has merely been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break.

Scowling and muttering to himself in his third appearance of this postseason, Scherzer allowed one run and four hits while striking out nine. The Washington Nationals come into this matchup looking to continue their success after closing out their recent series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a win, 7-3 in 10 innings.

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