Dodgers turn to Rich Hill as starter in NLDS Game 5

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. >> The Dodgers made it official Thursday morning – veteran left-hander Rich Hill will start Game 5 against the Washington Nationals tonight, with the winner advancing to face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.Hill gets the start but it remains to be seen how deep into the game the Dodgers will ask him to go. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pointed out after Game 4 Tuesday night that the day off will allow the Dodgers’ relievers to rest and “a collection of arms” will be available to pitch in Game 5 – including rookie left-hander Julio Urias, who has yet to pitch in this series.• RELATED: Rich Hill’s road from journeyman to elite-level starter in his mid-30sHill will be pitching on three days’ rest thanks to the postponement of Game 2 to Sunday. It is essentially the first time in his career Hill has pitched on three days rest. In July 2009, he started for the Baltimore Orioles in Yankee Stadium just three days after facing four batters in a relief appearance. He lasted just three innings in that start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It is not the first time Hill has started an elimination game in the postseason. He started for the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of their 2007 NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (his only postseason start before this fall with the Dodgers). Hill gave up three runs in three innings and the Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs.The opposing starter in that game was right-hander Livan Hernandez. Hernandez will also be back on the pitcher’s mound tonight – he will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5.last_img

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