OSS: Cubs win despite getting no hit for most of the game again.
- Anthony Rizzo had the biggest hit of the game, a bloop single to left that managed to find the hole between three defenders to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. It more than made up for the double play he hit into in the sixth against a possibly tiring Scherzer.
- Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist combined for the Cubs other run. Zobrist doubled to left for the Cubs first hit against Scherzer, which chased him from the game. Dusty brought in a lefty to face Schwarber, which prompted Joe to bring in the lefty-killing Almora. He worked a great at bat before sending a clean single to left to score Zobrist.
- On the other side of the ball, José Quintana gave the Cubs exactly what they needed, striking out seven in 5.2 innings allowing just two hits and a walk and pitching around some defensive clumnsiness behind him.
- Some of the Cubs gloves showed up today, with great plays by Jay and Heyward on some balls early in the game while the sun was in their faces and an incredible stop on a screaming grounder by Russell.
- There was some pretty bad defense on display as well, including a misplay by Zobrist and a errant pickoff throw by Quintana/Rizzo, both in the third.
- The worst, however, was a ball that clanked off of Schwarber's glove that should have ended the sixth inning, and led to the Nats first run and Quintana leaving the game.
- The most negative play for either team was an epic TOOTBLAN by Jason Heyward in the seventh. He singled his way on base after Almora's game-tying hit, then got caught waaaay down the basepaths on a long fly ball by Russell that the Nats CF was able to run down. He was thrown out despite the cutoff man falling down while catching the relay.
Next up: The Cubs go for the series win tomorrow with Jake Arrieta on the mound against Tanner Roark. The nominal game time is 4:30 PM CT, though I think it will end up being later if the Dodgers win tonight.