Rizzo, upset by the decision to pitch to him in that situation, added insult to injury by screaming "Respect me! Really interesting series. Well played on both sides and I can not be happier than I am with our guys right now".
Wade Davis came in and shut the door on the Nationals, earning the save after striking out Daniel Murphy, getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground out and forcing Jayson Werth to pop out to first to end the game.
Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series. Brandon Kintzler (0-1) took the loss, as he walked La Stella. As the Cubs were doing everything they could to lose, Quintana was keeping them in the game, pitching in to the sixth while allowing just two hits and no runs. Ben Zobrist's double into the gap in left-center broke up Scherzer's no-hitter before pinch hitter Albert Almora Jr. followed with an RBI single off of reliever Sammy Solis. They shouldn't - the Cubs are pretty good, after all, and remember, it's baseball and anything can happen in baseball - but they will.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker helped the Cubs. Someone get them away from mold for goodness sake! "I just knew in the bottom of my heart that we were going to explode for some numbers, which we've done all year".
NOTES: Washington RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.51), who has been bothered by a sore right hamstring, is slated to pitch Game 3 on Monday in Chicago. The reigning National League Cy Young Award victor struck out seven and walked one. St. Louis doesn't necessarily need a complete rebuild like the Cubs, but there are lessons and strategies to glean - more emphasis on impact athletes as position players in the draft, and a looser clubhouse atmosphere among them.
Chicago won 2-1 at home Monday. The Nationals' only run in fact was set up by a brutal two-error misplay by Kyle Schwarber in left field. Zimmerman (2-for-4) then lofted a three-run homer just over the fence in left to give Washington a 6-3 lead.
Even after a awful fielding blunder by Kyle Schwarber in left field that allowed the Nationals to break through against an equally solid Jose Quintana, the Cubs just blew it off. He yielded one other hit, walked two, and held Washington scoreless over the next five innings.
The win in Washington puts the Nationals behind the eight ball. He did a lot more than that, throwing 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball and looking like you'd expect a two-time Cy Young Award victor at the peak of his career to look. Bryant had a chance to drive in Martin from second base for the go-ahead run.
"As of right now, you know, Tanner is pitching today, and so we'll make that determination if and only when the game is called", he said. Heyward covered distance equal to an $8 cab ride and made the catch that denied two runs. Part of it is possibly guys trying just a little bit too hard.
"Yeah, that's the mentality I take always with the base open".
NOTES: Nationals SS Trea Turner continued to struggle in the leadoff spot. 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". Most times Rendon easily makes the play or the ball would have gone harmlessly foul.
"We took advantage of a mistake", said Maddon, mentioning that play first in his opening remarks at his news conference following the 3-0 win over the Nationals.