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"If you've got to pick one guy to stop this situation we're in, I think we've found the right guy in Zack Greinke", Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday. The Nationals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago. The series is tied at one. Ben Zobrist, playing second base in place of Javy Baez, made amends for an error by hitting a double that broke up Max Scherzer's no-hitter and by making a diving stop.
The Red Sox forced a Game 4 after losing the first two games in Houston, and then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Benintendi's homer.
Verlander, who was acquired for the playoff run after spending his first 13 seasons in Detroit, gave up the go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi - the first batter he faced - before shutting Boston down for the next 2 2/3 innings. After Zimmerman's RBI double on Monday, the next 10 Nationals went down in order.
Quintana didn't look great in his last start, and he's allowed seven runs in his last 10.1 innings at home overall. It did not discharge the lid off Washington's offense.
The bats for both teams stayed pretty quiet for the next few innings as the Nats managed only one more hit off Cubs starter Jon Lester, and Nats starter Gio Gonzalez only surrendered one other hit over his five innings.
The Nationals have a ton of scoring power, as they finished the regular season tied for the second highest slugging percentage in the league at.449, along with a.332 on base percentage. "And it led to a two-out hit, and they got three two-strike, two-out hits, and that was the ballgame". That may have cut into Ray's effectiveness in Game 2, when Ray allowed four runs in four and a third. He recently threw two successful bullpen sessions. Both sluggers adjusted accordingly for their second encounters.
Jayson Werth is in the Nationals' starting lineup again. Wind doesn't seem like it be much of a factori, although it is blowing in slightly from right field. That must be addressed, or the Nationals' one-and-done streak will continue. Now the two sides will head into Tuesday's matchup, which is obviously a potential elimination game for the Nationals. The ruling was upheld.
The Nationals are down 1-0 after losing in the first round of the playoffs in three previous showings. The first baseman lashed a groundball that, after a dozen or so bounces, snuck into center field for a single.
As Harper went to the plate, the Nationals were five outs away from a two-games-to-none deficit against the Cubs, the defending World Series champions and the hosts of the next two games. "After the third inning I started dialing it in". The aggressiveness incited energy. Where Hendricks did it with infuriating accuracy and persistence, Strasburg's stuff was electric-his fastball in the early going was sitting 97-98 miles per hour, and his changeup was absolutely wiping out Cubs hitters. The momentum suddenly shifted again. Heyward covered distance equal to an $8 cab ride and made the catch that denied two runs. When Baker won it, in 1981, he played left field for the Dodgers. Carl Edwards Jr. suffered the loss in relief.
Then the Cubs would strike in the eighth. Murphy lashed a single anyway, leaving a favorable matchup for Zimmerman. "We're not just getting thrown in there unprepared". His teammates celebrated furiously, Harper jumping around in foul territory near the dugout.