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Preview: Nationals at Cubs

10 Octubre 2017, 09:32 | Gerardo Tarin

Preview: Nationals at Cubs

Preview: Nationals at Cubs

Before the Nationals rallied for a 6-3 victory with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning - two coming on his home run, three more from a blast by Ryan Zimmerman - Harper was relaxed. (Which, if you think about it, isn't really that hard; all you need is, like, a fork.) They get their ace and $210 million man, whose bulldog mentality is as much a part of what separates him as is his repertoire, taking the mound in what's turned out to be the pivotal game of the series. He added: "On some days, when the pitcher's on, you can put Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, all of them out there, and he's still going to get them out". He dropped the ball and when he tried to retrieve it with his glove, he knocked it away and Murphy ended up on third through the double error. "We're going to win the game". While it seems silly now, Dusty was considered one of the finest managers around then, and him shifting to the Cubs was a huge deal.

The Cubs had no answers for the fastballs, changeups and curveballs that Strasburg hurled toward the plate. A one-out double by Ben Zobrist, the Cubs' first hit of the game, brought Baker to the mound with lefty-hitting slugger Schwarber on deck. I mean, this is a tough time to play here. Heading into the game, there were many question marks surrounding the right-hander, including whether he would be able to last deep into the game without succumbing to fatigue or pain. "So you got to pick one of the two".

In that moment, Rendon knew it was on him.

Arrieta, who was slowed by a right hamstring injury late in the regular season, insists the ailment will be a non-issue. "But you can't live in the past".

His reaction after the winning hit had already hinted at his surprise.

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It led to a stretch where the Cubs at least mattered, even if they weren't always good. "Why? Because the velocity is ticking up". "Doesn't matter how we do it. Doesn't matter the scenario". He's been the best hitter on either team. After Jon Jay bunted him over and Kris Bryant struck out, Rizzo dug in for the deciding at-bat.

Cubs brass, particularly president Theo Epstein, went against the old adage that teams are built through pitching, instead drafting and acquiring power bats and strong defensive players.

Anthony Rizzo followed with a liner to right that just eluded a diving Harper, scoring Bryant. La Stella crossed home plate as the ball somehow found grass to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead, and from there, closer Wade Davis finished it with a perfect ninth to give Chicago the series lead.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) advances to second after a throwing error in the fourth inning of Game 3 of a National League Division Series playoff on Oct. 9, 2017 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs managed to take Game 1 by a score of 3-0 while the Washington Nationals respond with a 6-3 win in Game 2.

"We needed it a lot", he said.

The Nats are a baseball organization that specializes in finding ways to lose in the postseason.

But that momentum didn't carry over to Game 3. This will not only be Quintana's first postseason start as a Cub, but his first ever in six years of playing in the majors. He last beat them in 2014 when he was 2-0 against the Cubs.

Baker decided to pull Brandon Kintzler in favor of lefty Oliver Perez and pitch to Rizzo, who promptly blooped a single into left-center to drive in the go-ahead run.

"You're happy leaving 1-1 before the series began but you'd really like to be leaving 2-0 leading in the eighth inning; however, that's not reality", Maddon said, according to a Saturday Bleacher Report.



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