Anthony Rizzo hits two-run homer on Saturday

Anthony Rizzo hits two-run homer on Saturday

Now, Baker can presumably send reigning NL Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer to the mound for Monday's Game 3 at Wrigley Field.

A year after leading the league with 22 wins, Porcello had a 4.65 ERA and a league-leading 17 losses. Washington assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones, suspended indefinitely with pay by the team Friday over legal issues, played with the Cubs from 2006-07.

Until the sixth, Strasburg was simply filthy. "So you got to pick one of the two". Our pitching held it tight there for us, pitching great all game.

Maybe that hero is Harper, whose dramatic two-run homer tied up Game 2.

Hendricks got the win as he recorded six strikeouts and three walks while tossing 106 pitches.

"Yeah, we feel very confident after tonight's game", manager Dusty Baker said. He has been recovering from a hamstring injury. Central (4 p.m. Eastern). He was supposed to be the guy Nationals fans turned to in hopes that their team would take a 1-0 series lead. Before the All-Star break, Roark had posted a 5.27 ERA while opponents batted.278 against him. He was just 3 for 18 in his final five regular-season games.

"He deserved to win", Nats right fielder Bryce Harper said.

Hendricks also knew he had to be at his best to beat Strasburg.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo had combined for four strikeouts entering the sixth.

The Chicago Cubs have no business winning this one.

Hendricks was equally effective with a less overpowering repertoire, using movement and location on 88-89 miles per hour fastballs and change-ups. He pitched just 10.1 innings in three starts in September, posting a 6.1 ERA. Yes, before previous year we would have seen this 8th inning collapse as the signal of another disintegration in Cubs history. "Why? Because the velocity is ticking up".

"Obviously you have your reports", Almora said. Early in the game I was up, a few balls on the barrel. But Rendon dropped the ball, and the Cubs had their chance. It starts Monday. With this group, with this experience, nothing's really going to faze us. So I knew he wasn't going to give in to me, like no pitcher is.

"It's definitely tough. It's part of the game". "It's like when you have a vehicle accident". It's a mistake. We're human. They didn't get on base enough to do it. Rendon had hit just two of his 25 homers during the regular season to right.

"If that happens again, you're going to see C. J. back out there", Maddon said, using Edwards's nickname. "They got three, two-strike, two-out hits, and that was the ballgame".

Hendricks bunted Baez to second. The Nats challenged the call, which was upheld after review.

Murphy scored on Zimmerman's double over center fielder Jon Jay's head off reliever Pedro Strop.

"We are eager to play here all the time. What year is it this year?" I think it's a huge opportunity, too. The way the NL standings have evolved through the season, that's been a near-certainty for months.

Scherzer struck out, Turner popped out. Add the postseason nerves of making a debut to the fact your offense is being no-hit and you have the recipe for a high-stakes start.

The Cubs come back to Wrigley Field tied with the Washington Nationals in the best-of-five National League Division Series.

"We thought Perez could do the job - and he did the job", Baker said.

But with Molitor among the front-runners for AL manager of the year, the two sides reached agreement on a new deal less than a week after the season ended.

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