The evening unraveled in an instant, the chance for a sweep disappearing in the vapor trail of Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s game-changing home run. A three-run shot against reliever Ross Stripling costing the Dodgers the lead in a 7-1 defeat in Sunday’s series finale.
Stripling could not keep the Nationals quiet in the sixth inning. After a leadoff walk and a single, he hung a slider to Zimmerman and watched the baseball disappear from sight.
“His nitro zone is up above the belt,” manager Dave Roberts said, lamenting a pitch thrown to that exact location.
Stripling (3-5) relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu, who struck out five batters in 4 2/3 scoreless...