This one got off to a shaky start, and finished the same way for the Cubs, but luckily they were able to pull out a victory. Washington would start the game scoring one run in each of the first 2 innings, but Chicago came roaring back with a barrage of homers and doubles to build an 8-2 cushion. Then, in the 8th, the Nats put up 4 runs to give Chicago a scare, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Cubs would hang on to take their 2nd in a row against the Nats.
In a matchup of 2 solid pitchers, John Lackey and Max Scherzer took the hill for their respective clubs this afternoon. Lackey would deliver a stellar performance — perhaps his best of the year — with 11 Ks in 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs. By contrast, Max Scherzer struggled against a potent Cubs lineup, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits in only 5 innings of work.
On the offensive side, things got going for Chicago in the 2nd as Tommy La Stella continued his red hot streak with a 2-run homer to tie the ballgame. Then, in the 3rd, back to back solo shots would come off the bats of Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist, both of whom have been red hot over the last week or so. For Zobrist, this was his 3rd game in a row with a homer.
But things would get even better for Zobrist, who, in the 5th, would smack another line drive over the wall for a 3-run homer to put the Cubs up 7-2. An inning later, Dexter Fowler would tack on 1 more with an RBI single.
Then things got a little sketchy in the 8th inning as Justin Grimm allowed a 2-run double off the bat of Jayson Werth, followed by a 2-run blast by Wilson Ramos. Hector Rondon would then be summoned to get the save, and he did just that.