Almora's single got the team on the board, and though they were unable to tack on any more in that half inning, Jason Heyward did connect on another base hit to at least get a runner into scoring position. Expect Chicago to be at its best now that the series is at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs would love to end it. Quintana is capable of tossing a gem and we like the Cubs in this spot. He gave up two runs, one earned, in five innings.
"I (will) just go try and get focused, pitch by pitch (and) control my emotions every time", Quintana said. "I hit where I hit in the order".
"I couldn't tell you anything about that run around the bases", Zimmerman said.
"We got it done because our pitching was so good, quite frankly", Joe Maddon said.
Baker had a different viewpoint.
That one time Harper came up with a runner on base Monday was in the third, when he grounded toward second - and Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist booted the ball, putting runners on the corners with two outs in a scoreless game. The Cubs will send #Jose Quintana to the mound to face reigning #Cy Young victor Max Scherzer. Zimmerman (2-for-4) then lofted a three-run homer just over the fence in left to give Washington a 6-3 lead.
As far as pitching matchups go, Tuesday's Game 4 tilt looks a touch lopsided. Jake Arrieta returns from his own hamstring injury for the Cubs, while Tanner Roark gets the ball for the Nationals. We haven't gotten them yet. Each team's starter-Jose Quintana for Chicago, Max Scherzer for Washington-was cruising: Through five innings of play, neither side had been able to push across a run, and the Cubs hadn't even managed a hit. Wade Davis pitched the ninth for the save. Rizzo's two-out flare found a dark square in shallow leftcenter, landing just out of reach from Jayson Werth, Michael Taylor and Trea Turner.
"If that happens again, you're going to see C. J. back out there", Maddon said, using Edwards's nickname.
"I'm very confident as soon as I toe the rubber, I'm going to be good on pitch one", Scherzer said Sunday. "I just knew in the bottom of my heart that we were going to explode". These are pressure-packed situations.
That's why, while the playoffs are fun, they're a fairly ridiculous way to decide the best team. Almora yelled and pounded his chest after rounding first and the crowd of 42,445 cheered wildly.
"I thought he handled it beautifully", Maddon said. In his first postseason appearance, he traded zeroes with a bonafide ace. With two outs, Daniel Murphy hit a fly ball down the left-field line. By the time he'd fired his gaffe back into the infield, Murphy stood on third, and Maddon was on his way out to the mound.
In Game 3 alone, the normally unsafe foursome of Harper, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman combined to go 1 for 16.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer came into the game having dealt with a hamstring issue for the last two weeks, but you wouldn't know it by how he performed.
Schwarber's costly play was part of a unusual day in the field for the Cubs.
The Division Series moves to Wrigley Field for Game Three on October 9 and the Nationals will finally send out two-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer, who was pushed back in the rotation because of an injured right hamstring.
Then, in a span of three batters, Harper blasted that anxiety to oblivion with an upper-deck, game-tyinghome run before Zimmerman deposited his moonshot that just cleared the wall in left.