Despite calls from its board chairman and from Max Scherzer to stay open later for the MLB playoffs, Metro has stood firm in its stance that it will continue to stop daily operation at midnight. Because of that persistence, and unless something changes, Nationals and Dodgers fans heading to Nats Park for Game 5 will be left in a tight spot.
The decisive matchup in the NLDS will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, making it the first time this issue has really come into play (Games 1 and 2 started in the early evening and afternoon, respectively, and Games 3 and 4 were in Los Angeles). That late start means there's a very good chance those in attendance will have to choose between staying for the conclusion or leaving early to catch a train home.
According to Baseball Reference, Game 1 was 3 hours and 46 minutes, Game 2 ran for 3 hours and 55 minutes, Game 3 slogged on 4 hours and 12 minutes, and Game 4 lasted a breezy 3 hours and 44 minutes. Overall, that equates to an average length of 3 hours and 54 minutes.
Therefore, barring a dramatic change in the way the series has played out so far, this potential issue will become a real one late Thursday. So don't be surprised if the stadium starts emptying out in the later innings, even if the Nats and Dodgers are in the middle of a close one.
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NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory.
Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run homer for the Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep of the short-handed Mets in the first series this season between the NL East rivals.
Missing slugger Yoenis Cespedes and two other injured starters, New York (8-11) has lost four in a row and eight of nine to fall 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals, who own the best record in the majors at 13-5. The winning streak is their longest since a seven-game run last April.
Scherzer (3-1) struck out nine and walked one in his latest win over the Mets, a team he has often dominated -- especially since signing with Washington in January 2015. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who fanned 17 in a no-hitter at Citi Field on Oct. 3, 2015, pumped his fist and slapped his glove after setting down the crucial hitters in this one.
Koda Glover got three outs for his second major league save, both in the past two days.
Michael Conforto hit his second leadoff homer of the series and had three hits for New York. Neil Walker's two-run homer pulled the Mets to 4-3 in the third, but that was all Scherzer allowed. He got a double-play grounder after Conforto's one-out single in the fifth and retired his final 10 batters.
Murphy connected in the first off Zack Wheeler (1-2), who had sharp stuff throughout his seven innings of four-hit ball. Zimmerman went deep in the eighth against reliever Josh Smoker to make it 6-3.
Murphy, booed by the Queens crowd, has eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 22 games against the Mets since they let him leave as a free agent before last season.
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If you can’t be with them — beat them.
That seems to be the slogan Daniel Murphy has lived by since leaving the Mets in 2015.
Tonight’s game started off with a bang… a grand slam by Murphy himself. This helped launch the Nationals to a 4-0 lead.
Just like these boys in the tweet, we “give a five” to Murphy as it was also the second grand slam of his career, both hit while playing under the Nationals. This follows his career night where he helped the Nats knock off the Cardinals.
Muprhy has absolutely owned the Mets since joing the Nationals. he has recorded at least one base hit in all 19 head-to-head games.
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