Cubs vs. Nationals: Game 2 Live Blog

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7 October 2017 | 10:38 pm

The Chicago Cubs have an opportunity to deal a crushing blow to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night in Game 2 of the NLDS. 

After the Cubs were retired in order in the top of the first inning, Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon poked a solo home run over the right field fence to give the Nationals an early 1-0 lead. 

Undeterred, the Cubs got the run right back in the top of the second inning. Willson Contreras lofted a high fly ball to left field, and the wind helped push it over the fence, tying the game at 1-1. 

That score remained until the fourth inning, when the Cubs seized the lead. After Kris Bryant socked a double off the left field wall, Anthony Rizzo parked a two-run home run in the right field bleachers, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead. 

4:00 p.m. – 

The Cubs already wrested home field advantage in the series away from Washington, as they won Game 1 3-0 on Friday night behind a strong pitching performance from Kyle Hendricks and two RBI from Anthony Rizzo.

Now, they’ll be looking to put the Nationals in a 2-0 hole when the series shifts to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Monday afternoon.

Here is the Cubs’ lineup:

The Cubs made a few changes, including putting Albert Almora Jr. in the lead-off spot. Almora has crushed left handed pitching this season, and will hope to hit the ball hard against Gio Gonzalez. Addison Russell will bat fifth after strong plate appearances in Game 1, and Ian Happ will make his playoff debut as he’ll play left field for the Cubs.

Meanwhile, the Nationals will line up like this:

The Nationals are sticking with their Game 1 lineup, even though they couldn’t scratch out a run against Hendricks, Carl Edwards Jr., and Wade Davis in a shutout loss.

Dusty Baker’s club will need to win Saturday’s game, or else they’ll be looking at a 2-0 series deficit and two straight games at the Friendly Confines next week.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:38 p.m., and the game will air on TBS. 

Published 2 hours ago | Updated 18 minutes ago

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