Before Game 2, Harper was asked to consider the Nats' situation, which from the outside seemed, well, bleak. The Nationals will start Max Scherzer, the NL Cy Young favorite whose strained hamstring prevented him from starting either of the first two games.
Baker has said, "A lot depends on how he looks and feels".
"Great swing on that pitch", Harper said.
Being better isn't just about scoring more runs. Quintana, meanwhile, will be making his playoff debut and first appearance against the Nationals.
Maddon was questioned afterward about leaving in the right-handed Edwards, who held left-handed hitters to a.119 average this season, to face the lefty hitting Harper, who hit 26 home runs and had a 1.087 OPS against righties. I'll be posting pictures, videos and tweets, while also interacting in the comments section. "Las Vegas I love you and stand with you".
Bryce Harper shifted the mood, and Ryan Zimmerman sealed the game, but for me, the single from Adam Lind was the difference. "Game 2 of the postseason".
The Nationals were flummoxed by Cubs lefthander Jon Lester, who allowed only Anthony Rendon's solo homer.
Rizzo's blast was unusual because he hit a Gonzalez curveball, a hard pitch to drive over a fence, and because he became only the second left-handed hitter this year - along with Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves - to hit a homer off Gonzalez. A hung curveball and assist from the wind resulted in a five-spot for the Nationals in the eighth, however, and Washington evened the series at one as it heads to Chicago.
It wasn't the home run that caused a bit of controversy with Washington fans, though (although that wasn't an enjoyable development or anything), but the possible interference from a fan who caught the home run ball.
Update III: The Cubs are again taking advantage of their baserunners.
LOS ANGELES - Logan Forsythe, getting the start at second base over Chase Utley for the second night in a row, had three hits, scored two runs, drove in one and stole a base as Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead on Arizona in their NLDS. In the ninth inning, Ryan Zimmerman almost reached base after a dropped third strike but was hit by the ball thrown by Willson Contreras.
Nats fans didn't have much to cheer about, until they did.
Las Vegas natives and baseball stars Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper released a video to help the victims of Sunday's shooting.
After an early one-run lead for the Nationals, a Willson Contreras homer un in the second inning tied it. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.
Update V: This game has been busted wide open!
Indeed, his team reached franchise highs for runs and homers this season, and the Nationals were the only club in the majors with four players - including Harper and Zimmerman - who each topped 20 homers and 85 RBIs.
Update VI: Well, that was exciting!
As Zimmerman's towering fly ball floated toward left field and the Cubs' Ben Zobrist drifted back, the crowd at Nationals Park rose.