All Systems Go For Nationals' Stephen Strasburg In Game 4 — Levine


"I want to make guys pay". As he did that night, he'll oppose Corey Kluber, who had an uncharacteristically bad outing, failing to get out of the third inning. That led to a bunch of confusion, with some reporting that it was simply a matter of miscommunication and others suggesting that, in reality, Strasburg had begged out of his start. Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the seventh. Pinch hitter Albert Almora Jr. tied the game with a single to left center off Sammy Solis.

The Cubs returned to form on defense after the tie, galvanized by seizing the game from the grips of the Nationals. "I don't anticipate that happening, but legally, yeah, you could".

Strasburg threw a bullpen session Monday, but Baker said he was hampered by an illness going around his team, which he attributed to the weather, air conditioning at their hotel and Wrigley, and the "time of the year for mold around Chicago". They've done their homework and they've done their job to come up with the best scenario in that situation.

But after the game was officially postponed, Nats manager Dusty Baker announced that Tanner Roark would still be taking the mound in the do-or-die game against the Cubs, who lead the best-of-five series 2-1. A potentially decisive Game 4 is Tuesday back at Wrigley Field. In Game 1 at Washington, it was Stephen Strasburg handcuffing the Cubs before an error doomed the Nats. It's unknown whether Strasburg's status changed due to public opinion, improved health, or some combination of the two. "Our offense, the idea is just to go out there and do what we are capable of doing". Instead, he set the stage for Rizzo.

Did Strasburg shrink from the spotlight in today's Game 4? His final line read 6 1/3 innings pitched, one hit, one earned run. Last year he was unable to pitch because he was injured and it was sort of touch and go if he would've been available for the NLCS had the Nationals advanced.

In the eighth, Anthony Rizzo blooped a single to left to score Leonys Martin, a pinch runner for Tommy La Stella, who walked to open the inning.

Unfortunately for Scherzer, the no-hit bid didn't earn him a decision. A Nats win whitewashes the whole affair as the Los Angeles Dodgers take the stage front and center. But he said he is 100 percent for his eighth career playoff start. There's no such thing as a routine flyball. When he went to pick the ball up with his glove, he smacked it past him onto the warning track. "That's how we have won".

The Nationals took 1-0 lead in the sixth inning on Ryan Zimmerman's two-out RBI double. He is playing too good. Washington needs more out if its dynamic shortstop.

Scherzer, who started Monday's game after battling a hamstring injury, baffled the Cubs until Zobrist's double. Feeling it wasn't his place to delay the game as a reliever, he allowed a home run to the first batter he faced.

"He's a high-leverage guy". After Michael A. Taylor singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, Washington extended the inning when Zobrist, the Cubs' second baseman, booted a Bryce Harper ground ball.