Rapid Reaction: Nationals 3, Dodgers 2

May, 7, 2014
May 7
2:44
PM PT
WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will be happy to see a little Southern California sunshine when they wake up Thursday morning.

They completed a rain-drenched trip with a 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals Wednesday afternoon. Over the course of a road trip to Minnesota, Miami and Washington, the Dodgers had one game rained out, forcing a doubleheader, and sat through rain delays both Monday and Wednesday.

Steady rain and some lightning delayed the start of Wednesday’s game by an hour and 40 minutes.

How it happened: The way things were going in the first inning, it’s practically a miracle Dan Haren made it through six. His former team absolutely blistered his pitches early. Even the outs, such as Anthony Rendon's deep liner to left field, were loud.

It took a bit of luck for Haren even to make it through the first. For example, Adam LaRoche's two-RBI blast smacked off the very top of the right-field wall and wound up being a single. Haren wound up throwing 39 pitches in the inning, but he somehow got things in check and cruised through the middle innings before Washington broke through for a run in the fifth.

Hits: Carl Crawford went from being the coldest Dodgers hitter to the hottest Dodgers hitter with the flip of a switch. Since his pinch-hit home run Saturday, he is 10-for-17. He helped the Dodgers get off to a fast start off Stephen Strasburg by slashing a one-out single to left and scoring the first run, but the Dodgers couldn’t generate much against the hard-throwing young right-hander after that.

Misses: Adrian Gonzalez was in an 0-for-15 slump when Don Mattingly gave him the day off Tuesday. He seemed to respond, singling home Crawford with the game's first run, but after that he was 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts.

Stat of the game: The Dodgers sat through four hours and 57 minutes of rain delays in this three-game series.

Up next: The Dodgers were concerned about a late arrival in Los Angeles in case of rain, so pitcher Josh Beckett flew back on a commercial flight in the afternoon. He’ll get the start Thursday night against the San Francisco Giants, who are in town for the teams’ only four-game series of 2014. Ryan Vogelsong goes for the Giants in a game that starts at 7:10 p.m.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239