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Rizzo comes through as Cubs tip Nationals

Rizzo comes through as Cubs tip Nationals

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker answers questions after Game 3 of the National League Division Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. They've managed just 11 total over the three games so far in this series, six of which came in their 6-3 win on Saturday.

The defense - along with stellar outings by Quintana and the Cubs bullpen - now has the Cubs within a victory of their third straight appearance in the National League Championship Series. They were being no-hit by Nats ace Max Scherzer into the seventh inning and their fielders were busy committing four errors.

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals were engaged in a classic pitcher's duel in Game 3 of their NLDS series, as both starting pitchers brought their A game.

He summoned left-hander Sammy Solis, which prompted Cubs Manager Joe Maddon to replace Schwarber with the right-handed-hitting Albert Almora Jr.

Baker chose 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.

With pinch-runner Leonys Martin on second in the eighth, Rizzo hit a blooper to left off Oliver Perez that found a patch of outfield grass between three Washington fielders. I'd say 10 to 20 percent, at best. "Really interesting series. Well played on both sides and I can not be happier than I am with our guys right now".

"I probably couldn't live with myself if (Kyle) Schwarber had had hit one out of the park", Baker began, "which he's risky to do that". "When you've got a guy like that, we feel lucky".

"But that's the mentality". Instead of staring at an 0-2 abyss in the best-of-five series, the Nats go into Monday's Game 3 in Chicago tied 1-1 with a jolt of confidence.

The Cubs hold a 2-1 lead in the series against the Nationals.




Still, given the forecast, it does seem like at least a scheduling gaffe to let Strasburg throw his side session before the Nats knew if there'd even be a game on Tuesday - Baker even noted in his pre-game media session, before the game got canceled, that he passed Strasburg while leaving the clubhouse.

On Monday, it was Scherzer showing no ill effects from a hamstring "tweak" that pushed him back to the third game.

"It's pretty surreal to pitch in Wrigley", said Roark, who is 3-1 lifetime with a 3.24 ERA in the Cubs' park.

How anxious were the fans when the Cubs were getting no-hit in the seventh inning?

Javier Baez got his bat on a pitch from Strasburg and chopped it down the third base line.

"We know that having our home crowd behind us at Wrigley (is important)", Zobrist said.

"We've got to attack". He was pulled from scoreless game after 96 pitches, a point he had surpassed in 23 of his 32 starts.

It's nearly not fair because Jose Quintana is a pitcher with a career batting average of.041. Daniel Murphy extended the inning when he reached on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the inning after he lifted a fly ball to left field that Kyle Schwarber dropped and then kicked. Strop gave up an RBI double to Ryan Zimmerman.

"I did it for the whole team, but more for (Jose) Quintana and Schwarber, to help them in that situation", Almora said. "It was the first time for me in the postseason, it was a different feeling for sure, different because you can't make mistakes". In the ninth inning, Ryan Zimmerman almost reached base after a dropped third strike but was hit by the ball thrown by Willson Contreras.


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