There was a scary moment in Game 5: Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was struck in the face by a pitch in the seventh inning. The Walker Buehler fastball, which was clocked at 94.4 mph, deflected off Suzuki’s hand and up into his face. Here’s the video:
Thanks to a thrilling comeback, the Nationals beat the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday night (WAS 7, LAD 3), and punched their ticket to the NLCS for the first time since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos. The Nationals will take on the Cardinals in the NLCS. After finishing with a better regular season record, the NL Central champion Cardinals hold home-field advantage over the wild-card Nationals. On Friday, Nationals manager Dave Martinez confirmed Suzuki avoided a major injury. X-rays on both his hand and face came back negative. “He should be ready to go tomorrow,” Martinez said, referring to NLCS Game 1 in St. Louis.
Suzuki, 36, started Games 2-5 of the NLDS behind the plate after Yan Gomes started Game 1. The veteran backstop hit .264/.324/.486 with 17 homers in 85 regular season games. 
Suzuki was removed from the game and was able to walk off the field under his own power. The C-flap on his helmet may have saved him from a more direct hit rather than a glancing blow.