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Watch MLB Playoffs 2017 NLDS Game 1 Online

09 Octubre 2017, 05:57 | Cornelio Vivanco

Then in the decisive eighth, the sluggish Nationals offense finally awoke. Strasburg absolutely dominated the Cubs early in his Game 1 start and the only runs he allowed in seven innings were unearned, so the temptation to ride that wave is understandable. Three batters later, longtime National's slugger Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run long ball to right-just barely leaving the yard. He will be opposed by Cubs RHP Jose Quintana, who posted a 7-3 mark with a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts after he was acquired from the Chicago White Sox.

The Nationals wouldn't generate anything resembling a rally again until the eighth inning, when Adam Lind smacked a leadoff single to left field. "Lighten the mood a little bit", said Maddon, who brought out the breakfast spread on a Sunday between Game 2 and Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals in 2015.

He proved himself prescient with his fourth trip to the plate. Victor Robles entered the game to pinch-run, but all that was required was a trot around the bases after Harper hammered a hanging curveball from right-hander Carl Edwards Jr.

Joe Maddon said over the weekend that the Cubs have already let go of the Game 2 loss to the Nationals Saturday night in D.C. Maddon said if you live in the "previous negative situation", then you eliminate "all your chances to proceed". It looked harmless at first, with leftfielder Ben Zobrist quickly drifting underneath it. Hamstring problems can be very bad for a pitcher, and Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta knows all about that.

At what point did Zimmerman realize the ball was gone? The Nationals had completed the comeback.

It was the first extra-base hit for Harper since he returned from the disabled list during the last week of September after missing 42 games with an injured left knee. Harper also said Saturday's Game 2 was "not got-to-win", that he's "played in a lot of bigger games, I feel like, than this", and that "growing up, playing in front of 15,000 people at 10 years old, it's kind of the same thing to me". "Hopefully that's the beginning".

Strasburg was making his second postseason start and first since 2014.

The bats for both teams stayed pretty quiet for the next few innings as the Nats managed only one more hit off Cubs starter Jon Lester, and Nats starter Gio Gonzalez only surrendered one other hit over his five innings.

The Chicago Marathon is Sunday, the Bears host the Vikings at Soldier Field on Monday night, and the Cubs-Nationals series heads to Wrigley Field on Monday as well. But he was able to stitch together outs using the motley crew he's been given, playing matchups with Albers, Solis and Perez. Ray dominated the Dodgers during the regular season, going 3-0 in five starts with a 2.27 ERA and a whopping 53 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

"He didn't miss a pitch", Contreras said. "It's a really, really strong lineup", Lester said.

In many ways, 2017 was a disappointment for Lester.

It will be the Colombian-natives first time competing against the Washington Nationals period. His resulting 100 ERA+ marked him as essentially league average, as did his 0.8 WAR. That was to be expected, with the two teams being so evenly matched. In his first two seasons with the Cubs, he led the team to four postseason series victories, one more than they had in the 139 seasons before he arrived.

When the Cubs hired Dusty it signaled they weren't content anymore with the occasional good season. And if the series goes the distance, he'll have Stephen Strasburg (who was almost unhittable Friday night) ready Thursday back here in D.C.

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