The Cubs didn’t take long to get to Scherzer when Nico Hoerner blooped an RBI single to right-center in the 2nd. The Nationals answered right back in the 3rd with a base knock up the middle by Trea Turner who scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to put the visitors up 2-1.
In the Cubs’ half of the 5th, Ian Happ brought the home team to within two when he drove in a run with a hit into center with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the 9th, Javier Baez connected on a solo shot to left field but that was as close as the Cubs would get, losing by a final of 4-3. (Box Score)
Why the Cubs Lost
A poor start from Arrieta and a slow night for the Cubs’ offense resulted in tonight’s loss.
In the 5th, with the Nationals up 4-2, Scherzer found himself in a jam with the bases loaded and one out. Instead of cutting into Washington’s lead, Willson Contreras went down swinging and David Bote sent a lazy fly ball to center to end the inning.
Stats That Matter
- Arrieta has been better: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB
- Tommy Nance continues to impress. He pitched 1.1 spotless innings and struck out three of the four batters he faced.
- The bullpen went four innings collectively, allowing no runs, two hits, one walk with five strikeouts.
- Baez came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Unlike the first two games, tonight the Cubs were unable to generate timely hits. Scherzer was dominant, striking out eight batters in five innings.
Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.27 ERA) squares off against Joe Ross (2-3, 5.80 ERA) in the series finale as the Cubs try to take three-of-four. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 pm CT on Marquee, MLB Network, 670 The Score, and WRTO for Spanish speakers.Those of you who’ve cut the cord can watch the game on fuboTV – you can check out a free trial of fuboTV here.