The Washington Nationals are not only showing new life, they suddenly look better than ever after a dramatic series-tying performance for the ages.
The Nats prevailed, 5-0, regaining home-field advantage against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
Strasburg struck out 12 in seven shutout innings on a misty, windy evening at historic Wrigley Field, forcing a Game 5 in Washington on Thursday that will send the winner to Los Angeles for a date with the top-seeded LA Dodgers in the NL Championship
“He had everything working tonight,” said Nationals manager Dusty Baker about Strasburg. “He had a great changeup. His fastball is always good, good slider; and like I said, he looked very, very determined.”
Strasburg dominated for seven strong innings and got some huge help from Michael A. Taylor’s grand slam. Taylor broke it open, capping a two-out rally with a huge grand slam off Cubs reliever Wade Davis and from there the nationals never looked back.
The Nationals forced the series back to Washington for a decisive Game 5, they have not named a starter, but will have their choice between Gio Gonzalez, who started Game 2, or Roark, who has yet to pitch in this series.
Cubs:Kyle Hendricks will start Game 5 on Thursday at Nationals Park. Hendricks was masterful in Game 1, giving up two hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and was efficient, throwing 106 pitches.First pitch expected to be thrown at 8:05pm