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Cubs' John Lackey likely to pitch out of bullpen in NLDS

08 October 2017

The Washington Nationals need their big bats to show up if they're going to advance in this series, as the ball has the tendency to carry in Wrigley. In five September starts, he gave up just seven earned runs over 31.1 innings, compiling a 2.01 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Neither was the mood. "You get frustrated", Zimmerman acknowledged.

"He's in there because you can see where power really matters this time of the year", Maddon said of Schwarber. Baseball is contagious when you're going well and also when you're going bad.

His two-run homer tied the game in the eighth inning, sparking an explosion that culminated in a three-run homer from Ryan Zimmerman as Washington roared back from the dead with a five-run inning to claim a 6-3 victory over the Cubs that evened the best-of-five series 1-1. Strasburg took a no-hitter into the sixth only to lose the bid - and the lead - when the Cubs rallied for two unearned runs.

The Chicago Cubs took care of business Friday night, defeating the Washington Nationals 3-0.

Edwards is a right-handed pitcher. "I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but it was a bit of a downer, and we hope that things subside and work themselves out".

"First pitch was a curveball", said Harper, who was fooled badly.

Hendricks started Game 7 of the World Series previous year as the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians. "We're a great team". We got lucky right there. The Nats managed only two hits in Game 1, and they had only two hits going into the eighth on Saturday.

"I think the train's coming", Harper said. "Because I called him in before I got here, and I just said: 'Hey, man, you're starting Game 1". Harper's teammates in the dugout reacted immediately, screaming and raising fists as the ball tore through the night air.

WASHINGTON-Like any good D.C. politician, Bryce Harper has mastered the art of the pivot.

He doesn't have a big arm like most playoff pitchers, but he doesn't make many mistakes, either. Sometimes that happens. Bryce is good. His two-run double was the key hit in a four-run fifth inning that turned a 3-2 edge into a 7-2 cushion.

Jon Lester started on the mound for the Cubs, and he gave up a first-inning home run to Anthony Rendon.

"It's unbelievable what he does and how he does it", Gonzalez continued. "He's a story, a movie, everything all in one". Trea Turner had a chance to break the game open. Zimmerman then stepped up with two runners on and lifted a soaring fly ball to left. This has been a renaissance year for the first baseman, who had only 15 homers and 46 RBIs during an injury-plagued 2016, but led the Nationals this season with 36 homers and 108 RBIs.

"When it landed in the flower bed, I guess", he joked.

It made a victor of Oliver Perez, who pitched to one batter in the eighth, Anthony Rizzo, and induced an inning-ending double play.

"We had them where we wanted them", Montgomery said, "and we couldn't get the job done". Through a dozen big-league seasons (mostly with Toronto), Lind had never had as much as a postseason at-bat. Games are not decided on a single play, but Anthony Rendon made a costly error in the sixth, which eventually led to two runs scoring. A Cubs fan from Virginia hung just over the railing above the wall to catch the baseball, prompting a review for possible fan interference.

Meanwhile, the opposite is the key for the Nationals offense.

Cubs' John Lackey likely to pitch out of bullpen in NLDS