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Cubs vs Nationals Series Recap

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Cubs vs Nationals Series Recap

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals played a riveting four-game series, and it was far from exciting. The Cubs ended up splitting the series at two a piece and will go into Cincinnati with a major confidence boost. There was a lot of drama and key players to be taken out of the game. I think it’s a miracle that they won the last game without; Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist or Jason Heyward. The Nationals looked dominant like they have been all season. Although the Cubs could give them a run for their money.


Game 1 

The first game of the series seemed to be one sided throughout the game until the Nationals half of the 9th inning. The Cubs went into the bottom of the 9th with a 5 run lead, but it was soon cut down to one. The Nationals sent nine batters to the plate and gave their all scoring four runs and coming up just short of a victory. Wilson Contreras started the scoring with a leadoff home run giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

Albert Almora in the eighth on a sacrifice bunt plated a run to make it 2-0. Then the Cubs half of the 9th came, and they were looking to add on.`With La Stella on second base due to a throwing error, Anthony Rizzo then singled to make it 3-0. After another errant throw by Goodwin, Rizzo ended up at second. Ian Happ singled, scoring Rizzo to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Finally, Baez capped off the scoring with a RBI double.


Game 2 

Game two wasn’t as satisfying for the North Siders. In the end the score was 6-1 in favor of the Nationals. This was an odd game, as Jake Arrieta took the mound and Miguel Montero set up behind the plate. The Nationals took advantage of Montero’s weak arm and stole for an unprecedented 7 bases. Trea Turner had three before the end of the first inning. With the always dominant Max Scherzer on the mound, the Cubs had to capitalize on every moment. After the game, Miguel Montero had some choice words for the media, on Jake’s delivery speed to home. In response, the Cubs DFA’d Montero and that was that. The only run the Cubs were able to muster up, was a triple by Kris Bryant, in which was able to score Anthony Rizzo.


Game 3

The third game of the series had more of the same struggles for the Cubs. Losing by a score of 8-4. With Lackey pitching it makes it difficult to keep a lead. In game two the Nats relied on their speed to win game two. In game three it was the power game that got the Nationals going. For the Cubs two of their four runs came on solo home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Wilson Contreras. One of their other runs came on a RBI double by Albert Almora who plated Mark Zagunis. The Cubs did receive a major blow by losing Kris Bryant with a mild ankle sprain, but he shouldn’t be sidelined for too long.


Game 4 

The final game of the series was by far the most exciting game of the series. The Cubs got their first run of the game on a Wilson Contreras line drive single to left field, which scored Anthony Rizzo. The Nationals then answered right back with a double by Ryan Zimmerman scoring Bryce Harper. After that, the game was at a deadlock until the seventh inning, when Jeimier Candelario hit his first career home run to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. The Nationals however again answered right back. When Anthony Rendon hit a 2 run home run to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. Their final run came on a single back up the middle by Goodwin extending their lead to two.

However, the Cubs weren’t giving up, in the ninth inning. The Cubs ninth inning could be a good sign of things to come. Victor Caratini started the rally with a leadoff double, Tommy La Stella then singled scoring Caratini and advancing Baez to third. Then the player of the game, Jon Jay hit a rocket to the center field wall giving the Cubs a 5-4 lead. Not to mention all with two outs in the inning. The Nationals half of the ninth came and Wade Davis was looking to make it fast and painless. He struck out Taylor, then got Stephen Drew to foul out, and finaly Wilmer Difo struck out looking. Giving them the victory and splitting the series.



This series gave a lot of insight into what a matchup between these two teams in the playoffs could mean. The north siders were barely able to split the series, but it seemed they were able to hold their own. Against arguably the best team in the MLB, this series gives me nothing but hope that the cubbies will be just fine throughout the second half of the season.