Stras­burg, Na­tion­als beat Cubs 5-0, force NLDS to Game 5

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO— 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 Thursday night.

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, with Max Scherzer lurk­ing in the bullpen.

Stras­burg got sick after his ter­rific per­for­mance in the play­off opener on Fri­day, and the Na­tion­als had planned to go with Tan­ner Roark even after a per­sis­tent rain washed out Game 4 on Tues­day.

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