OSS: Cyle pitches a gem and Bryzzo get just enough off of Strasburg to put the Cubs up 1-0 on the Nats.
- Kyle Hendricks showed why Joe had enough faith in him to make him the game one starter, pitching seven shutout innings with six strikeouts, two walks, and three hits allowed. The only vaguely threatening moment that the Nats offense had was in the second inning, when they had runners on first and second with two outs following a Wieters HBP and a Michael Taylor single. Luckily the pitcher was up next and Kyle got out of it without breaking a sweat. That was the last hit by any Nats player for the remainder of the game, thanks to Kyle, Carl Edwards Jr., and Wade Davis. As commenter North Side Pat put it, I’m starting to think the Cubs won the Ryan Dempster trade.
- Bryant and Rizzo had rough starts to the game, striking out against Strasburg in each of their first two plate appearances. However, coming up with a no-hitter still intact in the sixth with a runner on second, Bryant came through with a single to give the Cubs the first run for either team. In typical KB fashion, he also took second on the throw home. Yay baserunning!
- Rizzo drove Bryant home with a single of his own, and those runs would be all the Cubs needed in a rare close, low scoring game in this year's playoffs. He also worked a really long at bat in the eighth against Madson, culminating in an RBI double.
- Baez scored what ended up as the winning run, but man did he look bad against Strasburg. We're used to grading on a curve with Javy, but some of those swings were bad even by his standards. He certainly made up for it with his hustle and defense today though.
- The Cubs WPA trailer on the day was Ben Zobrist, who had several bad looking PAs of his own. Maybe the advance scouting was all over going after the first pitch with Strasburg or something, but Zobrist probably contributed the most to Strasburg's low pitch count.
- SK's dog has bad breath, apparently.
Next up: Jon Lester faces Gio Gonzalez at 4:30 PM CT. Go Cubs.