CHICAGO, IL.– As expected, Wrigley Field was electric for the first home playoff game of 2017. The Murphy’s Bleachers sign was very clever, and the Cubs rallied in the seventh and eighth innings to take back the NLDS lead as they win 2-2 and now lead 2-1!
The Nationals thought NLDS Game 3 at Wrigley in the opener was going to be a for sure win with their best pitcher/ace on the mound (Max Scherzer). They completely underestimated Jose Quintana “Q” and the gritty Cubs offense as they basically stole the series from Washington. The Cubs can now go on to face Los Angeles in the NLCS with one more win with two games left!
Through the first 5 innings of baseball, both sides were dominated by great pitching with a scoreless game. The Nationals scored the first run of the game after the Cubs pulled Quintana and brought in Pedro Strop. The run ended up unearned because Kyle Schwarber had a fielding error right before Quintana was pulled.
The Cubs followed up an unfortunate sixth inning, with a strong seventh. Ben Zobrist doubled to deep left center with only one out. Joe Maddon pinch hit Albert Almora for Kyle Schwarber which paid off when Almora singled to left center to knock in Zobrist for a RBI.
The 8th inning was also very strong for the Cubs, with Carl Edwards fired up after retiring each batter in a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Tommy La Stella pinch hit for Edwards and reached base on a walk. Leonys Martin ran for La Stella and got to second with a Jon Jay sacrifice to first. Anthony Rizzo then singled to shallow center to knock in the game-winning run for the first Cubs lead of the game.
Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning, and the Cubs completed the rally to take back the NLDS lead.
Jose Quintana finished his day pitching 5 2/3 innings only allowing 2 Washington hits and an unearned run. Quintana only walked one and struck out 7 batters. Carl Edwards got the win since he was the active pitcher when the Cubs took the lead. Wade Davis got the save after the scoreless ninth.
The Cubs somehow managed to score 2 runs with only 4 hits but it doesn’t matter because they now have the chance to win the 2017 NLDS crown in front of their home crowd at Wrigley.
Go Cubs Go!