Power dominates, though Cubs character points Friday night valid some-more profitable in posting one of their many sublime victories of a past 3 postseasons.
Despite Stephen Strasburg not permitting a strike for 52/3 innings, a Cubs’ precision-like play constructed a 3-0 feat Friday night over a Nationals in Game 1 of this best-of-five National League Division Series.
Kyle Hendricks relied on his reduction of changeups and curveballs that done his high-80 mph fastball seem faster and, in some cases, mangle a bats of a Nationals’ many challenging sluggers.
And Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, who any looked infirm in distinguished out in their initial dual at-bats opposite Strasburg, came by during a right time.
Jon Lester, who will start Game 2 Saturday opposite Gio Gonzalez.
“And a offense did a good pursuit of harsh out Strasburg.”
Bryant collected a Cubs’ initial strike — a singular into right-center margin on an 0-2 count with dual outs in a sixth to measure Javier Baez and snap a scoreless tie. Bryant deftly changed adult to second bottom and scored when Rizzo’s line expostulate fell nearby a outstretched glove of a diving Bryce Harper in right field.
“In that situation, (Strasburg) has a advantage,” Bryant said. “You have to go out there and try less. That’s what (manager) Joe (Maddon) says. Sometimes that works. That’s kind of what we do.”
Anthony Rendon’s blunder — his initial given Jul 22 — that enabled Baez to strech initial bottom safely to open a sixth and set adult a purchase hits from Bryant and Rizzo.
It also contaminated Strasburg’s considerable opening as he struck out 10 and walked one in 7 innings.
The Cubs, attempting to turn a initial group to repeat as World Series champions given a Yankees (1998-2000), played near-flawless invulnerability behind Hendricks and relievers Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis.
Hendricks, who finished a unchanging deteriorate with a 2.19 ERA in his final 13 regular-season starts, lived adult to his constant repute notwithstanding outward cries for Lester to start Game 1.
“It was zero though excellence,” catcher Willson Contreras said. “He didn’t skip a spot, didn’t skip a pitch. We did all we wanted.”
Hendricks, who warranted a determining Game 6 feat in a 2016 NL Championship Series over a Dodgers and started Game 7 of a World Series, never was in difficulty after a second and undone a Nationals with his reduction of pitches.
“Maybe not my best ever (start), though it was right adult there,” pronounced Hendricks, whose quickness overwhelmed 91 mph to make his changeup all a some-more effective.
Hendricks and Edwards hold rapid leadoff beat Trea Turner hitless in 4 at-bats after Turner went 6-for-14 with 7 stolen bases in a four-game array opposite a Cubs in June.
The Cubs combined an word run as Jon Jay, who was 13-for-40 (.325) as a pinch-hitter during a unchanging season, batted for Hendricks and poked a double down a left margin line to start a eighth. Rizzo fouled off 4 two-strike pitches with dual outs off reliever Ryan Madson before his double scored Jay.
“The large thing for us is that we know someone is going to come by during some point,” Rizzo said.