by Washington Nationalsvia twitter10/7/2017 2:37:17 AM
Hendricks outduels Strasburg as Cubs take NLDS Game 1 from Nats
WASHINGTON -- For five innings, Stephen Strasburg looked to be putting together a playoff performance for the ages. And while he set a Washington Nationals franchise postseason record with 10 strikeouts and didn’t allow an earned run, the Chicago Cubs got the timely hits to steal Game 1 of this NLDS, 3-0.
Strasburg took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but a rare error from Anthony Rendon led to Javier Baez eventually reaching second base with two outs. Kris Bryant delivered Chicago’s first hit and run with a line double to right-center, diving in just ahead of Daniel Murphy’s tag. Two pitches later, Anthony Rizzo’s liner to right got down in front of a diving Bryce Harper, scoring Bryant to make it 2-0.
The Cubs added an insurance run in the top of the eighth, as John Jay led off with a double off reliever Ryan Madson and Rizzo followed with an RBI-double three batters later.
Both starters went seven innings, and while Hendricks wasn’t as dominant as Strasburg, he held the Nationals to just two hits, striking out six. From there, Carl Edwards, Jr. twirled a clean eighth and Wade Davis shut down the Nats in the ninth.
Game 2 will feature a battle of southpaws, with the Cubs’ Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33) taking on Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96) Saturday. First pitch is at 5:30 p.m.
by WTOP Sports edited by WTOP News10/7/2017 2:37:13 AM