May 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) stands in the outfield near the ivy during the fifth inning in a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
So far, this series between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs has lived up the hype that it had at the beginning of the week. While there have been eight combined runs scored in these two games, there has been good starting pitching from both sides and lots of power.
The national storyline that people are following in this series is the 22-year old Nats right fielder Bryce Harper and the 23-year-old third baseman on the Cubs, Kris Bryant. On Tuesday night, both players hit game tying home runs to left field.
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There was good starting pitching last night between Kyle Hendricks and Jordan Zimmermann as both starters held the opposition to one run. With the last two games being as close as they have been, what does that mean for tonight’s epic pitching matchup between Max Scherzer and Jon Lester?
Of course, the Cubs found a way to win it late after the Nationals had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth after Denard Span hit his second home run in as many nights in the top of the inning. After Bryant homered in the bottom of the frame, Chicago won it in the ninth on an Addison Russell walk-off double. The Cubs second baseman went 3-for-4 on the night with two doubles.
While you give the Cubs a ton of credit for their win, the Nats found a way to lose this game with a common problem that has plagued them thru the first 46 games of this young season: bad base running and sloppy defense by their shortstop. Check out more of my takeaways from last night’s thriller at Wrigley:
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