Washington Nationals on the brink after Game 3 loss

Washington Nationals on the brink after Game 3 loss

"I thought he handled it beautifully", Maddon said. I've just been an under-the-radar kind of guy. "I hit where I hit in the order", said Rizzo of the emotional moment. It was dumb little shit like this-highlighted with cathartic bitterness by the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell-that had me wanting to kick a hole in the wall by the time reliever Ryan Madson gave up a pair of eighth-inning doubles to plate Chicago's third run.

Said Baker: "I don't care". It's certainly justified for a team that's making a habit of turning bad things early into good things late. The Cubs lost that game and the next one and he's been booed on occasion. For all his past success, Arrieta, who won the 2015 Cy Young and won two games during last season's World Series, hasn't been the same pitcher this year and is dealing with a hamstring issue of his own that made for a bumpy September (6.10 ERA). 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.

The Chicago Cubs were five outs away from taking a 2-0 series lead and manager Joe Maddon had his bullpen lined up to nail down a second victory in as many days on the road. The negatives are greater than the positives, however; nearly nobody else is hitting (Trea Turner is 0-for-12 with five strikeouts, Matt Wieters is 0-for-8, Daniel Murphy is 1-for-11, Jayson Werth is 1-for-10), the fielding mistakes have come at crucial junctures, the bullpen has been shaky, and, of course, the Cubs are pretty good at baseball. Game 4 will air on TBS, whether it's on Tuesday night or Wednesday.

After being held without a hit by Nationals starter Max Scherzer for 6 1/3 innings, the Cubs tied the game at 1 in the seventh.

But in the end?

This has been a revival year for Zimmerman, who struggled to stay on the field the past three seasons (271 games) because of injuries.

Those same Cubs whose bats were quieted for 60 percent of those two contests. Before he arrived, the Cubs were a basketcase, and it was thought they were more than happy to open the gates, and the beer taps, and then simply stay there with awful teams. Obviously, he needs to be much better in this spot if the Cubs are to get the win. He no-hit the Cubs for six and one third innings before second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a double to left field.

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Then there was a matter of how the pieces were deployed, leading to Rizzo's bloop.

Edwards then walked Anthony Rendon and the Cubs brought in Mike Montgomery, who gave up a single to Daniel Murphy with one out.

Yasiel Puig had three hits and drove in two runs, Austin Barnes added a key two-run double and the Los Angeles Dodgers used another relentless offensive performance to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL division series.

"I told you last outing that I wanted really, really bad". "And Harper, the guy can hit, man. You get frustrated", Zimmerman acknowledged. Quintana and the rest of the Cubs waited for Jay outside the dugout to thank him with high-fives and hugs.

"Being around this team for long enough, this is where we expect to be", ace Clayton Kershaw said. 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.

Rizzo and his teammates were elated after overcoming Max Scherzer's no-hit bid.