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Hendricks outworks Strasburg; Cubs pounce on error to win Game 1

Hendricks outworks Strasburg; Cubs pounce on error to win Game 1

The Chicago Cubs, leading 1-0 in the best-of-five National League Division Series, meet the Washington Nationals in Game 2 on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Hendricks bunted Baez to second. It was Strasburg's first mistake.

In the Washington ninth, Ryan Zimmerman was called out when catcher Willson Contreras' throw hit the player in the back as he ran to first on a dropped third strike.

Clayton Kershaw conceded four solo home runs to a Diamondbacks lineup that hit four triples in the NL Wild Card Game win over the Colorado Rockies.

If you're going to watch only one game, tune in for: Cubs-Nationals. The combination of Hendricks and Lester absolutely shut them down, totaling 13 innings with four hits allowed, five walks, eight strikeouts, and one earned run.

The Nationals also kept only two catchers, starter Matt Wieters and backup Jose Lobaton, while dropping Pedro Severino. The Cubs offense consisted of six hits and three free passes with Wilson Contreras leaving the yard while Anthony Rizzo clubbed a two run homer.

The Nationals took care of business in the top of the 9th, shutting the door on the Cubs and sending the series to Chicago tied at one game a piece.

The way Stephen Strasburg was throwing Friday night, the Cubs were going to need a break. Washington was held to two hits against starter Kyle Hendricks (1-0) and relievers Carl Edwards, Jr. and closer Wade Davis. He gave up a one-out single in the first to Bryce Harper in the first and a two-out liner to left in the second to Michael A. Taylor. Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless seventh for the Cubs before Edwards came on in the eighth.

Strasburg was in control from the get-go, his lone blemish for five innings a walk of Addison Russell.

I take some solace that members of Cubs' front office have said they wanted to emulate the Cardinals' success when they started their rebuild.

Bryant took second after right fielder Bryce Harper threw towards home, and Bryant beat the throw after a replay challenge following a relay throw to second by Strasburg. Harper was aggressive against Kyle Hendricks in the opener and ended up seeing just 11 pitches in four plate appearances.

That was all unfortunate for Strasburg, who got the Game 1 start because Nats ace Max Scherzer is nursing a hamstring injury, suffered last weekend. But they've stolen home-field advantage away, turning this into a best-of-three series with the first two at Wrigley Field. Rendon's first error since July 22 set the stage. Washington assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones, suspended indefinitely with pay by the team Friday over legal issues, played with the Cubs from 2006-07.

His shot off a 93 mph fastball was hardly the no-doubter Harper's drive was, but on an evening in which balls carried in 12 mph wind - every run scored on a homer - this one did, too, barely clearing the green wall in left field.

"The thing is we really trust each other", Rizzo said. He is 9-7 with a 2.63 ERA in his postseason career. He retired 10 batters in a row before Zimmerman led off the fifth with a single up the middle.