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Anibal Sanchez throws near no-hitter in Game 1 Nationals victory

The Nationals won Game 1 by a final score of 2-0. Anibal Sanchez was the star with a near no-hitter. We break down the Nationals victory.

Anibal Sanchez of the Washington Nationals acknowledges Jose Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals who singled to secure the first base hit of the game for his team during the eighth inning in game one of the NLCS at Busch Stadium on October 11, 2019. Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the 2019 National League Championship Series behind a huge performance from starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez. The Nationals won 2-0 in a game that saw Sanchez carry a no-hitter into the eight inning. He gave up a single to Jose Martinez with two outs in the inning, and manager Davey Martinez wasted no time pulling Sanchez him, who was at 103 pitches.

It marked a second straight strong start from the Nationals fourth starter. In Game 3 of the NLDS, he went five innings, striking out nine and giving up one run on four hits and two walks.

Miles Mikolas put up six solid innings of his own, but a second-inning run proved too much. Second baseman Howie Kendrick doubled to center to lead off the second inning, and catcher Yan Gomes drove him in with a double of his own. Gomes started in place of Kurt Suzuki, who is getting tests on his head after a pitch ricocheted off his wrist into his head in Game 5 of the NLDS.

Kendrick added some insurance in the seventh inning when he singled to drive in Adam Eaton. Sean Doolittle came on for Sanchez in the bottom of the eighth and got the final four batters to close out the victory.

Game 2 gets going at 4:08 p.m. on Saturday, airing on TBS. Max Scherzer is starting for the Nationals and Adam Wainwright is starting for the Cardinals.