Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 Delayed By Approaching Rain

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 Delayed By Approaching Rain

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are knotted at one game apiece in this National League Division Series heading into Monday afternoon. The former U.Va. standout went into Game 2 of the National League Division Series hitting.244 (21 for 86) with no homers and 10 RBIs against current Chicago pitchers.

Tanner Roark is still slated to pitch Game 4, which is Tuesday night in Chicago.

"We played so well for two days", Maddon said.

The Cubs took the lead for good in the eighth inning, when Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI bloop single off lefty Oliver Perez.

"Yeah, we feel very confident after tonight's game", manager Dusty Baker said.

"I just tried to do my job", Quintana said.

Zimmerman came through in the sixth inning to make Schwarber pay for that two-error play.

During their 17-5 run that started after the Brewers swept them three games in September, the Cubs have spoken openly about their resiliency and confidence that started when they overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the 2016 World Series. Brad Kintzler took the loss out of the bullpen. The Cubs have been the underdogs before and it appears their World Series run a year ago has made getting through the playoffs that much easier, at least for one game. Scherzer would throw 6.1 no-hit innings until a double into left center field off of the bat of Ben Zobrist.

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After being pushed back to Game 3 instead of starting the series or pitching Game 2 because of a hamstring "tweak", Scherzer is in a crucial spot.

Nationals starter Max Scherzer came into the game having dealt with a hamstring issue for the last two weeks, but you wouldn't know it by how he performed. St. Louis doesn't necessarily need a complete rebuild like the Cubs, but there are lessons and strategies to glean - more emphasis on impact athletes as position players in the draft, and a looser clubhouse atmosphere among them.

Arrieta dropped his only decision against the Nationals this year and is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in nine career starts against Washington. He drove a 1-2 pitch from Pedro Strop into the right-center field gap for a double that scored Murphy and gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs can thank Jose Quintana for the win. His six innings of two-hit, one-run ball Saturday was fantastic. He struck out seven and walked one. Anthony Rendon provided the offense in the first inning with a solo home run off left-hander Jon Lester that carried through the thick air to the Nationals' bullpen beyond the wall in right field.

With a victory Tuesday, the Cubs will earn their third straight trip to the NL Championship Series. While the rain will vary in intensity and lulls are possible, we don't see a long enough break materializing to get the game in - but we will keep monitoring.

The first run of the game was set up after Daniel Murphy reached third base on two Kyle Schwarber errors in the sixth with two outs.

"Yeah, that's the mentality I take always with the base open", he said.

Turner, the Nationals' leadoff man, has struggled mightily so far in the post season.

If the Nationals are able to get this series to a potential Game 5 on Thursday, Scherzer's health and durability will be a major factor. RHP Tanner Roark will start Tuesday for Washington. One error was his own as he threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt at first base, which manager Joe Maddon called a mix up of signals during an in-game interview.

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