Chicago Cubs bullpen implodes as Washington Nationals take Game 2

Bryce Harper is wearing custom cleats honoring Las Vegas in NLDS Game 1

Bryce Harper is wearing custom cleats honoring Las Vegas in NLDS Game 1

Harper said Saturday before Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs that he'll feel more comfortable the more at-bats he gets.

"That's why we call him Professor", Chicago second baseman Javier Baez said about Hendricks. After review, it was indeed ruled a homer, as the ball clearly was going to leave the field of play regardless of the fan's (nice) catch.

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. The Nationals' is simpler: win a postseason series, something they've never done, dating back to 1969, when the franchise debuted as the Montreal Expos. These Nationals have been dogged by a reputation ever since Tim Hudson questioned their testicular fortitude in 2014. Gonzalez hasn't been terrible in his time with the Nationals in the postseason, as he's conceded just eight earned runs in 18 ⅓ innings. Anthony Rendon drew a walk, ending the night for the lanky Chicago right-hander.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, left, is greeted by teammates in the dugout at the end of the seventh inning in Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington.

For five innings, a crowd of 43,898 - more than 90 percent clad in red - became believers. People wanting to help other people. 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.

It made a winner of Oliver Perez, who pitched to one batter in the eighth, Anthony Rizzo, and induced an inning-ending double play.

"He's in there because you can see where power really matters this time of the year", Maddon said of Schwarber. He tweeted the morning after the attack, saying it was hard to fathom what had taken place the night before.

I take some solace that members of Cubs' front office have said they wanted to emulate the Cardinals' success when they started their rebuild. Stephen Strasburg was on the mound, posting nothing but zeros, and those in attendance were on their feet every time he got to two strikes, fully buying into the notion that things would be different this time. Lester has a 9-7 postseason record in his career, and he was 3-1 for the Cubs last season in October. Baez reached on Rendon's error at third base to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Hendricks. It was Rendon's first error since July 22; he made only seven in 145 regular-season games. The Cubs lost that one, 9-4. Washington assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones, suspended indefinitely with pay by the team Friday over legal issues, played with the Cubs from 2006-07. Rizzo unintentionally caused a bit of stir in the fourth inning when his long drive to right field was ruled a homer after a fan snagged it just above the wall.

Jose Quintana (0-0, 0.00) makes his postseason debut against Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00). Montgomery posted a 2.49 ERA out of the bullpen in 61.1 innings this year and has a 2.29 ERA as a reliever throughout the course of his career. Scherzer has been dealing with a sore right hamstring.

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