The Cubs wrap up their 9 game road trip in starting with game one in Washington with Kyle Hendricks on the mound against Max Scherzer. Max starts the game off and takes a perfect game into the top the sixth striking out the side in the first and third innings.
In the first and second innings, Kyle would give up singles to Ben Revere and Anthony Rendon who would steal second before Danny Espinosa walks. With one out in the third, Kyle would walk Jayson Werth who scores the first run of the game off Bryce Harper’s line drive to center field. Nats up 1-0.
Kyle would get through the fourth and fifth with a runner reaching on an error and another on a walk. Scherzer starts off the sixth with an out but takes Addison Russell deep into the count and gives up the first hit of the game, a line drive home run just inside the foul pole in left. Cubs tie the game at 1.
Kyle gives up a lead off home run to Wilson Ramos. Rendon would send a line drive to left for a double and would score on Danny Espinosa’s single to left. He would move to third on Scherzer’s sac bunt. Justin Grimm enters the game giving up an RBI single to Ben Revere. He would get the next to batters out but the Nats are up 4-1.
Scherzer would give up a two double to Rizzo in the top of the seventh but gets Zobrist to pop out to end the inning. Justin Grimm would get into trouble giving up two singles and then an intentional walk with two outs loads the bases to get to Max but Dusty Baker pinch hits for him but Chris Helsey strikes out to end the inning.
Oliver Perez enters the game striking out Javier Baez then is replaced by Shawn Kelly who strikes out Ross and Russell. Clayton Richard comes into the game in the bottom half of the 8th getting the first out but gives up a hit but gets out of the inning.
The Cubs have one more shot with three outs to get back in this game and pull out a come from behind victory. Shawn Kelley stays in the game for the save and gets Albert Almora to strike out for the first out. Fowler sends a line drive to a diving Zimmerman who tosses it a little too high for Kelley out number 2. Heyward with two outs, strikes out to end the game.
On another day if Kyle would have given up 4 earned runs, the Cubs offense would have had no problem putting runs on the board but not tonight. Scherzer, Perez and Kelley would strike out a combined 16 batters out of the 27 outs. Can’t worry about today, there’s two more games in the series.
Go Cubs Go!
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