Harper, Zimm Rally the Nats Late to even up NLDS

Harper, Zimm Rally the Nats Late to even up NLDS

All systems go? If the NLDS goes to a Game 4 at Wrigley Field, Maddon said Arrieta will be ready.

Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs' left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana appears well-poised to make his Major League Baseball postseason debut on Monday. Gio Gonzalez will start, but everyone at the Nationals' head office will most likely be holding their collective breath in fear of how badly this decision could turn out.

"I think the train's coming", Harper said. In the eighth inning of Game 2, it finally did. "I don't want to say 'pressure, ' but, yeah, I mean, the tension builds a little bit, I'll be honest with you". The 42-year-old Jones retired as a player in 2008 after 10 years with four teams.

His point, however indelicately: Dire spot for us? And on this night, they never looked back.

The Cubs already announced their pitching plans, saying Wednesday that their rotation would be Kyle Hendricks in Game 1, Jon Lester in Game 2, Jose Quintana in Game 3 and Jake Arrieta in Game 4, if there is one in the best-of-five series. A weird home run off the bat of Anthony Rendon in the first-just inside the foul pole, carrying the whole way-gave way to ten straight outs, as Lester found his rhythm and worked quickly.

On an evening when balls carried in 12 miles per hour wind - every run scored on a homer - Zimmerman's high shot somehow just made it far enough in left field. When you're standing right behind the plate at the cage right there, you can see that thing he's got at the end of his pitches. One out later, Bryant drove in the first run with a single to right-center and went to second when Harper's throw missed the cutoff man. Eyeroll implied. Feel free to laugh.

Maddon was questioned afterward about leaving in the right-handed Edwards, who held left-handed hitters to a.119 average this season, to face the lefty hitting Harper, who hit 26 home runs and had a 1.087 OPS against righties.

Maddon made several changes to his Game 2 lineup, while Baker watched his team manage only two singles in Game 1 and didn't alter a thing for Game 2.

Baker had said Tuesday that the plan was for Scherzer to test his leg in the bullpen Wednesday; on Thursday, Baker again said Scherzer would have a bullpen session.

It's a clear indication, though, that he needs more at-bats to be Bryce Harper pitch after pitch after pitch. Jon Lester is one of those pitchers. Harper singled in his first at-bat, struck out, flied out and popped out.

After the review, during which Thompson posed for pictures in his Kris Bryant jersey, answered phone calls from friends and enjoyed some TV time, the call stood, and the Cubs led 3-1. At 3-1, what would be next? I thought about taking the whole way. With one swing, the game was tied. This one salvaged a season and may have turned a series.

It's an incredible bare-handed catch before you even factor in that it was over a railing, and it's pretty fantastic that he reeled it in without bobbling the ball at all.

The fine line between the verge of a cliff and a celebratory flight to Chicago with their ace, Max Scherzer, on the mound for Game 3 was exemplified in that eighth-inning sequence. He dropped the ball transferring it to make the throw, allowing Javier Baez to reach safely. His fellow pitchers weren't the only ones impressed.



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