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Nationals 5, Cubs 0: The eighth inning strikes again

The Nationals have scored 12 runs in this series. Nine of them have come in the eighth inning.

The Cubs’ 5-0 loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the division series is a game where I was very, very glad I have Josh writing the Rapid Recap after every postseason game.

Because I’m not sure I could have put all this together in an evening full of jumbled emotions and thoughts about this loss, which forces a deciding Game 5 to be played in Washington Thursday evening.

I suppose the bottom line is this: Regardless of the Cubs’ eighth-inning bullpen failure, the second such failure in this series, the Cubs probably weren’t going to win this game anyway because of the dominance of Stephen Strasburg. Forget all the nonsensical stuff about “mold” and all that — whatever allegedly ailed Strasburg to the point where he had originally begged off pitching Game 4 was clearly not there Wednesday afternoon and evening. The three-hit, 12-strikeout performance was a postseason outing that few living had ever seen:

Stephen Strasburg’s 12 strikeouts is most in a postseason game at Wrigley Field since Howard Ehmke’s 13 in his surprise Game 1 start in …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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