The Cubs, to their credit, didn't make mistakes. And then when he went to pick it up, he kicked it around. "We're going to win the game". But that first surrendered hit, a double by Ben Zobrist, was enough to get him the hook from Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
A year after their historic championship, Rizzo and the Cubs are fighting for another memorable October.
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Reddick's go-ahead single made up for misplaying a fly ball into a home run in Game 3 to force a fourth game. "I probably couldn't live with myself if Schwarber had hit one out of the park on you, which he's dangerous to do that".
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Like Maddon's call, this one was plenty questionable. Then he flipped his hair on his way back to rejoin his teammates after his fifth homer in 16 career postseason games. Game 3 - and Max Scherzer - await Monday in Chicago.
"We have to take advantage of the opportunity we have", Bryant said, per Stats TSX (h/t CBS Sports). "If it's my last time in this uniform, it's going to be special, that's for sure". Luis Severino will start for the Yankees, who trail 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Why risk the starter blowing it when a fresh reliever could save it?
Ask the Nationals' young star about anything-his future, his team's historical postseason struggles, even his hair-and his answer is likely to include the phrase: "I just want to put a good swing on the ball". With one out in the eigth inning, Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. threw a pitch that changed the tone of the series entirely. It was more good fortune on the ball placement. Rizzo, upset by the decision to pitch to him in that situation, added insult to injury by screaming "Respect me!" As for the Cubs, they have been set on Jake Arrieta for a while.
Max Scherzer pitching in game three does not help at all with the Cubs struggles at the plate. Despite his dominant outing in Game 1 of the series, Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said Sunday there was no chance Strasburg would pitch Tuesday on short rest.
The series is tied 1-1, with Washington narrowly avoiding a 2-0 series hole with a thrilling comeback on Friday in Game 2 at home. As Maddon said, there's no way you win that game without a great performance from your starter. That's right, the defending champs shutout one of the best offenses in baseball.
But that momentum didn't carry over to Game 3. He last beat them in 2014 when he was 2-0 against the Cubs. The Cubs won 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
But Turner's not alone.
Rizzo dropped a bloop single into shallow center field off Oliver Perez to score pinch-runner Leonys Martin, who replaced Tommy La Stella after he led off the eighth inning with a walk. That's this time of the year. The bench doesn't offer any better options either. Use him as a pinch hitter, but use Brian Goodwin or Howie Kendrick as the starting left fielder in Game 4.
A year after leading the league with 22 wins, Porcello had a 4.65 ERA and a league-leading 17 losses. His strikeout-to-walk rate was 9.29-to-one against righties and 2.89-to-one against lefties. The pitcher, who has not played since the end of September, has said: "I'm feeling a lot better". Quintana, who was acquired from the crosstown White Sox in a midseason trade, will face the Nationals for the first time in his career.