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Dodgers shut out Nationals 6-0 in NLDS Game 1 victory

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Walker Buehler tossed six shutout innings against the Nationals, leading his team to 6-0 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The bullpen backed him up with three shutout innings of their own, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 series lead.

The Dodgers got on the board early, taking advantage of an uncharacteristically wild Patrick Corbin, who issued four walks and forced in a run. The Dodgers plated another run in the fifth inning thanks to a fielding error by Howie Kendrick that would have otherwise ended the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, with Corbin out of the game, Max Muncy provided plenty of insurance with a two-run single to left field off of Fernando Rodney to make it 4-0.

Corbin ended the night having allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks with nine strikeouts over six innings.

Buehler, meanwhile, was excellent, limiting the Nationals to one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts across his six innings of work. All three walks occurred in the fourth inning.

Lefty Adam Kolarek began the seventh inning for the platoon advantage versus NL Wild Card game hero Juan Soto. Soto struck out, then Kolarek gave way to Kenta Maeda, who got the next two batters out with little issue. Maeda returned to the bump in the eighth, getting a pair of strikeouts and a routine ground out in a 1-2-3 frame.

Rookie Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson each drilled a solo home run in the eighth inning to make it 6-0.

With a six-run lead, manager Dave Roberts called on Joe Kelly to finish out the game. Kelly allowed a leadoff double to Trea Turner but worked around it, getting Adam Eaton to strike out before striking out both Anthony Rendon and Soto to end the game.

The Nationals and Dodgers will do battle again on Friday night in L.A. with first pitch scheduled for 9:37 PM ET.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.