The Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon, with the Cubs losing 7-5.
Cubs starter Cole Hamels had a solid first inning. Trea Turner grounded out to short, followed by a ground out to third by Victor Robles. Anthony Rendon singled, but Juan Soto flew out to center and Jason Heyward made an excellent catch against the ivy to get the out.
Shocking no one, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg responded with a 1-2-3 inning. Heyward and Nick Castellanos both struck out and Kris Bryant popped out to end the inning.
The Nats scored in the fourth off of a lead off home run from Rendon. Soto followed with a single, but the inning would end with the score at only 1-0 after a fly out from Asdrubal Cabrera, a strikeout from Kurt Suzuki, and a fly out to left field from Brian Dozier.
Addison Russell got the Cubs on the board at 1-1 in the fifth inning with a two-out solo shot that made it into the outfield basket. Ian Happ walked in the next at-bat, but Hamels struck out for the third out.
Soto led off the top of the sixth with a double, followed by a single from Cabrera. The Cubs then tapped David Phelps to take over for Hamels. Hamels went five innings with seven hits, two runs (both earned), one walk, and three strikeouts. Phelps got Suzuki to ground into a double play, but Soto scored to put the Nationals ahead 2-1.
Heyward led off the bottom of the sixth and was hit by a pitch and Castellanos followed with a single, advancing Heyward to third. Heyward scored on a single from Bryant and the Cubs were now tied at 2-2. Javier Báez struck out swinging, Kyle Schwarber flew out to left, and Jonathan Lucroy struck out swinging to end the inning.
Rowan Wick took over for Phelps in the seventh. He faced Gerardo Parra at leadoff and got him to fly out to center, but pinch-hitter Adam Eaton was walked in the next at-bat. Turner flew out for out two, but Wick was unable to get the third out with Robles at bat. Robles singled on a line drive to right and Eaton advanced to third; Robles stole third with Rendon at the plate. After an eight pitch at-bat, Rendon walked and Kyle Ryan was called to the bump.
Ryan faced Soto, who singled to short, scoring Eaton. Cabrera followed with another RBI single and the Nationals led by 5-2. Brandon Kintzler then took over for Ryan, who got the third out on a swinging strikeout from Suzuki.
The Nationals sent Hunter Strickland to the mound in relief of Strasburg in the bottom of the seventh, and he got a quick first out on a line out to right from Russell. After a ground out from Happ, Victor Caratini (who entered the game defensively in the top of the inning) hit a solo shot to bring the Cubs within two at 5-3.
Kintzler worked a 1-2-3 in the eighth, with ground outs from Dozier, Parra, and a fly out from pinch hitter Matt Adams.
Fernando Rodney pitched for the Nationals in the bottom of the eighth. Castellanos lined out and Bryant popped out to the catcher in foul territory, but Báez walked to keep the inning alive. Schwarber then mashed his 30th home run of the season to tie it at 5-5. Tony Kemp pinch-hit and struck out swinging for the third out.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth and walked Turne. Robles bunt popped out to Caratini at catcher, but Rendon followed with a single. Soto then lined out for the second out, and Kimbrel struck out Cabrera to take the Cubs into the bottom of the ninth.
Steve Cishek pitched the top of the 10th and got a ground out from Suzuki, a fly out from Dozier, and a called strikeout from Parra.
The Cubs went quickly in the 10th as well, with a fly out from Castellanos, a swinging strikeout from Bryant, and a fly out from Báez.
Howie Kendrick led off against new Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood and singled to left, followed by a double from Turner. Kendrick scored on a wild pitch from Chatwood with Rendon at bat, and Rendon then singled to score Turner. The Nationals had the lead at 7-5.
Unfortunately the Cubs weren’t able to respond in the bottom of the 11th. Schwarber struck out swinging, pinch-hitter David Bote lined out to left, and Russell flew out to right to end the game.