NLDS Game 4 – Washington Nationals @ San Francisco Giants – Tuesday October 7th

Yesterday I got my first MLB playoff prediction correct as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1.  My record is now 1-2 for the playoffs. This evening is game 4 of the NLDS series between the Nationals and Giants.

  Washington Nationals @ San Francisco Giants – Game 4 – Giants lead 2-1

The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants play game 4 of their best of 5 NLDS series tonight. Yesterday the Nationals staved off elimination with a 4-1 victory. Starting pitcher Doug Fister notched the win as he pitched 7 innings and didn’t allow an earned run on 4 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 3 batters. The Nationals only used 3 pitchers. Reliever Tyler Clippard pitched 1 inning and didn’t allow an earned run nor a hit. Closer Drew Storen pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits. Left-fielder Bryce Harper his 2nd home run of the postseason. Harper was 1 for 3 with 1 rbi and 2 runs scored. He also walked once. Center-fielder Denard Span and 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon both went 2 for 4 in the game. Right-fielder Jayson Werth struggled as went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts and left 4 runners on base. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was saddled with the loss as he pitched 7 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits. Bumgarner struck out 6 and walked 1 batter. He was tagged with a costly throwing error in the top of the 7th that allowed 2 Nationals runners to score. San Francisco also used 3 pitchers in the game. Reliever Jean Machi pitched 1.2 innings as he allowed 1 earned run on 1 hit. Jeremy Affeldt pitched just 0.1 of an inning and gave up no earned runs and no hits. 1st baseman Brandon Belt was 2 for 3 with 1 walk. 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored. The Nationals nipped the Giants in hits in the game, 7 to 6. Tonight the starting pitchers are lefty Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals and right-handed Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants. During the regular season Gonzalez had a 10-10 record with a 3.57 era and 162 strikeouts in 158.2 innings pitched. He is 4-1 in his last 5 starts. He has pitched in 6 or more innings in each of his last 7 starts. During the regular season Vogelsong had an 8-13 record with a 4.00 era and 151 strikeouts in 184.2 innings pitched. He 0-4 in his last 5 starts. He allowed 2 or more earned runs in each of the 4 losses during those 5 starts.

Last night’s loss snapped the Giants 10-game playoff winning streak.

Prediction: I’m a little leery picking the Giants because in the last month of the season they didn’t give Vogelsong much run support in his starts but then again I also can’t see them losing 2 in a row at home in the postseason. I can picture a tie game going to the bottom of the 9th and Sandoval driving in the winning run to send the Giants to the NLCS.

Take the Giants 2.25 (Bet365)

October 7, 2014 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments

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