By Todd Johnson
I guess the key to winning this series is to get no-hit for 5 or 6 innings, score a couple key runs late, and then turn it over to Wade Davis. It seems to be working.
For the third straight game, the Cubs starting rotation did its job again as Jose Quintana was very impressive and only gave up 1 unearned run in 5.2 IP. He struck out 7 along the way. Max Scherzer was very efficient for the Nationals going 6.1 IP while allowing 1 run on 1 hit. He also had 7 Ks and scattered 3 BBs and a HBP.
You can’t fault the Nationals pitching staff in this one as their bats looked mostly hopeless all day only managing to get their run after a Kyle Schwarber error in the sixth. On the day, they only managed three hits.
The Cubs were able to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth after a Tommy La Stella walk, a John Jay bunt, and an Anthony Rizzo bloop single.
OK, I can breathe fairly well now. Considering the Cubs combined for four errors, it was a sloppy win, but I will take it.
The Cubs have two chances to advance to the NLCS for the third straight year. Tomorrow, Jake Arrieta takes the mound at 4:30 in what I hope will be the clincher.