Cubs' Strong Finish Propels Them To Series Lead

For six-plus innings the Cubs did everything to lose their playoff game against the Nationals Monday. Then in the final three innings they did everything right to pull out a 2-1 win.

The Cubs committed four errors and they were no-hit through the first six innings by Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Then with one out in the seventh the game turned. Ben Zobrist drove a double to break-up the no-hit bid. That caused Nationals manager Dusty Baker to pull Scherzer and go to his bullpen.

Albert Almora Jr. then came up and singled in Zobrist to tie the game at 1.  In the 8th inning Anthony Rizzo drove in the go ahead run with a bloop single that scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run.

In the ninth inning Wade Davis came out of the bullpen to pitch a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the series.

"We made mistakes. We made mistakes. We made some errors, but then we made some great plays," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "We made a couple base-running gaffs. Part of it is just guys possibly trying a little bit too hard, but at the end of the day you'll always take that effort. Always!"

As the fans filed out of Wrigley after the contest boy were they pumped up and they believe more than ever in this Cubs team.

"The Cubs are awsome! They have the power. They have the pitching. They have everything it took to make it happen," said Cubs fan Mark Anderson.

How worried were the fans when the Cubs were getting no-hit in the seventh inning?

"Super worried," said fan Neal Deheres. "Everybody was like what's going on? There was a lull over the field. Then we got a couple great hits and we were back on. Go Cubs!"

So the Cubs have a chance to wrap up this series on Tuesday. They will send Jake Arrieta to the mound against Tanner Roark of the Nationals.


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