CI Recap (NLDS Game 4) – Cubs 0, Nationals 5: Cubs Can’t Handle Pitching Change

It was a weird 24 hours involving flu-like symptoms, complaints of mold, and a postponed game. There were also questions pertaining to who would be taking the bump for the Nationals. First it was Tanner Roark, then there was speculation that Stephen Strasburg would take the hill. It would be Strasburg who started for the Nats, as the Cubs tried to close out the series at Wrigley. Jake Arrieta pitched well and Jon Lester was solid, but the bats weren’t able to do much. (Box Score)

Why the Cubs Lost

Stephen Strasburg had the Cubs’ number today. Hitters were off balance against his ridiculous changeup and breaking ball. They did work some counts and had some good scoring opportunities, but were unable to figure Strasburg out.

Key Moments

After Trea Turner doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch, Addison Russell booted a bouncing ball off of Ryan Zimmerman’s bat with two outs. This was the first run of the game.

Lester gave up a hit and Carl Edwards Jr. walked two men to load the bases, which led to Joe Maddon calling upon Wade Davis to get the final out of the 8th. Unfortunately, Michael A. Taylor had other plans, …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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