OSS: That fucking eighth inning.
- Just like game one, Bryzzo each struck out in their first PAs then turned it on later in the game. They led off the fourth with a double by Bryant and a homer to right by Rizzo, which gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead that should have held up the rest of the way.
- We weren't sure what we were going to get from Jon Lester, but he put together a pretty good game. I'll ignore what happened in the fifth since I was in the car for that part (dying laughing). He only had two strikeouts, but compared to what all the other big name starters around the league have been doing in the playoffs this outing might as well be a Maddux. He pitched six innings, giving up only a solo HR to Rendon in the first.
- Willson Contreras answered that Rendon home run right away with a moonshot that barely found its way out in the top of the second. I don't think you see many 45 degree launch angle home runs.
- The Cubs bullpen imploded in the eighth. Carl Edwards Jr looked pretty good in game one, but he gave up a homer to Bryce Harper with a man on to tie the game in this one. I'd rather that Joe brought in a lefty to face Harper, but I'm guessing that he wanted Edwards to be his Eighth Inning Guy. At least it wasn't, say, Michael Taylor or someone who hit this. Bryce Harper is pretty good. But I'm pretty sure the sole reason they put Justin Wilson on this roster was to pitch to Harper in high leverage situations, so this sucks.
- Monty relieved Edwards and gave up three more runs on a Ryan Zimmerman dinger. This also sucks but I chalk this up more to the Nats being good than the Cubs mismanaging things.
- Ben Zobrist managed to scratch out a single against the Nats pen, but overall he's looked pretty bad this series.
Next up: The series moves to Wrigley, where Jose Quintana takes on an indeterminately injured Max Scherzer at 3 or 4:30 PM CT, depending on how things go with the AL games today.