Na­tion­als take Cubs to Game 5

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO (AP) — Stephen Stras­burg shook off an ill­ness and all doubts about his met­tle while pitch­ing seven dom­i­nant in­nings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam and the Washington Na­tion­als beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Wed­nes­day to send their NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries to a de­ci­sive Game 5.

The teams packed up at Wrigley Field and headed back to Washington for Game 5 tonight.

Kyle Hen­dricks starts for the World Se­ries cham­pion Cubs af­ter throw­ing seven sharp in­nings in a 3-0 vic­tory over Stras­burg in Game 1. Gio Gon­za­lez is the likely starter for the Na­tion­als.

Stras­burg got sick af­ter his ter­rific per­for­mance in the play­off opener on Fri­day, and the Na­tion­als planned to go with Tan­ner Roark. But Stras­burg felt bet­ter when he woke up Wed­nes­day and told man­ager Dusty Baker he wanted the ball.

Stras­burg struck out 12, al­lowed three hits and walked two in his first ca­reer post-sea­son win.

Chicago wasted a gutsy per­for­mance from Jake Ar­ri­eta and solid re­lief by Game 2 starter Jon Lester.

Chicago’s bullpen fal­tered from there. Carl Ed­wards Jr. walked two and threw ball one to Taylor be­fore he was re­placed by Davis. Taylor then drove a 1-1 pitch into the bas­ket over­hang­ing the brick wall in right field for his first play­off homer.

Yan­kees-Cleve­land story on B2.

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