Chicago Cubs bullpen implodes as Washington Nationals take Game 2

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He spoke of needing to have fun.

"I couldn't tell you anything about that run around the bases", Zimmerman said.

There is little doubt the pressure on the Nationals is increasing as they prepare for Game 2.

That would hold up through the eighth when the Washington Nationals exploded for five runs in the inning to take over the game. The series is tied at one.

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Chicago made it 3-1 in the fourth as Rizzo hit a two-run homer to right. On Saturday, he saw three pitches in his first two at-bats, and hit a weak flyball and groundball to the pitcher when trying to attack early. The only reasonable thing teams can do is give themselves a chance to get into the postseason as often as they can.

"I'm very confident as soon as I toe the rubber, I'm going to be good on pitch one", Scherzer said Sunday.

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Strasburg wound up allowing just those two unearned runs in seven innings, with three hits and one walk. He threw a bullpen session Friday, but we'll see how careful Baker will be with him. Both sluggers adjusted accordingly for their second encounters. "Just from talking to friends, talking to family that were definitely at the concert and seeing the things that have happened and transpired from that, it just goes to show how strong our community is in Vegas, how much of a small-knit community it can be". Pitching from the stretch for the first time, Gonzalez fell behind Rizzo 2-1 with three straight fastballs, seemingly staying away from his curveball, which Rizzo hammered twice down the right-field line foul in their first clash. He had to watch and add strength to his right hamstring. Before last October's excruciating division series loss, his Reds lost in the same round in 2010 (Philadelphia's Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in the opener) and in 2012, to the Giants, after winning the first two games on the road. The Cubs had a 3-1 lead. He did so even when the Nationals threatened in the fifth inning with a single by Zimmerman and walks by Michael A. Taylor and Howie Kendrick.

After two flyouts, Zimmerman, whose long primary leads didn't coax a throw over form the tentative Lester, seized matters and swiped second base. Kyle Schwarber's power is probably needed, as the likelihood of stringing hits together isn't all that high. Look for the Nats to earn a close victory over the Cubs and square the series.

"We are eager to play here all the time". Lester was on the ropes. Lester was visibly frustrated and couldn't find the strike zone. Turner flung his bat and helmet in frustration. The Cubs aren't down on their young relievers, though.

The Nationals wouldn't generate anything resembling a rally again until the eighth inning, when Adam Lind smacked a leadoff single to left field. And before Harper's cannon shot off the Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr., it looked all the world like the Nats were destined for such a burden. It wasn't just their inability to get the big hit.

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