Major League Baseball playoffs: Weather forecast, updates for Nationals-Cubs Game 4



The game is slated to begin at 4:08 p.m. ET Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

"We've got to be in attack mode", Rizzo said.

"I was kind of bewildered, because it's not too many teams or pitchers that have held us in check like that for a couple days", Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.

"Respect me!" he yelled as he walked toward the dugout.

A lot will be made of that in the hours leading up to this evening's game - I've already joked about it on Twitter because I can't help myself - but it's easy to make more of it than is really warranted.

Zimmerman came through in the sixth inning to make Schwarber pay for that two-error play.

Cubs closer Wade Davis preserved the victory with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his second save of the series. "You'd like to be up 2-0 (but) they hit a couple of homers in the eighth inning", said Maddon, who led the Cubs to the World Series title a year ago. One mistake can lead to a loss.

For seven-and-a-half innings, Game 2 resembled Game 1 in almost every way but one: the Nationals scored a run. Ben Zobrist was standing at second base after smacking a fastball to left field for a double.

"It's pretty surreal to pitch in Wrigley", said Roark, who is 3-1 lifetime with a 3.24 ERA in the Cubs' park. The decision to bring him back no doubt comes as a welcome one for Pohlad, whose family has employed just three managers since 1986.

And yet, they still got the job done. "I just knew in the bottom of my heart that we were going to explode for some numbers, which we've done all year". He was two pitches short of his self-imposed pregame pitch objective and he was ready to exceed it, tweaked right hamstring be damned.

If the Nationals win Wednesday, Game 5 would be Thursday in Washington. He also racked up 7 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk, allowing just 5 baserunners over his 5.2 innings. A run did cross the place on his account in the sixth, however, after a flyball was dropped in left by Kyle Schwarber allowing Daniel Murphy to reach third on what should have been a routine fly out. Ryan Zimmerman recorded an RBI double for the Nationals. Quintana gave up only two hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking only one.

The third and fourth innings ended for Washington through terrific running catches by Heyward in right and John Jay in center. On the borderline of being fair or foul, Anthony Rendon chose to go after the ball quickly to get a jump on the speedy infielder.

Following a 2-1 victory on Monday that provided the Cubs with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, Arrieta has the chance to propel Chicago into a third straight NL Championship Series appearance. Almora's single got the team on the board, and though they were unable to tack on any more in that half inning, Jason Heyward did connect on another base hit to at least get a runner into scoring position. "But at the end of the day, you'll always take that effort, always".

That appeared to be in response to the Nationals' pitching to him with first base open and Martin on second.

Turner, the Nationals' leadoff man, has struggled mightily so far in the post season.

Tanner Roark (13-11, 4.67 ERA) will be on the mound for Washington, while Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53) gets the start for the Cubs. Arrieta missed 2 1/2 weeks with a right hamstring injury, but said after throwing two bullpen sessions, the injury would be a "non-issue". "He does so much, having his hands on every single thing".

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