It was do-or-die for the Nationals in Game 4 and when they needed guys to step up on the road, they finally did. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor hit a grand slam in the eight inning of the game to give the Nats a 5-0 lead and the eventual win.
Although Taylor helped seal the Nats' win, it was Stephen Strasburg who helped put the team in a position to tie up the series. Through seven innings Strasburg was incredible. He threw 106 pitches for 72 strikes and allowed just three hits and two walks.
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It was a spectacular performance from a pitcher who wasn't even supposed to start. Strasburg had been initally ruled out of the game because of flu-like symptoms. Then on Wednesday, Strasburg decided he was well enough to step up on the mound.
Healthy or not, Strasburg put on a clutch performance that helped the Nats get the win to tie up the series. On Thursday, the Nats and the Cubs will play Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington with the series on the line. Additionally, the Metro will be open for extended service in the do-or-die game. Here's everything you need to know:
Who: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
What: Game 5 of the NLDS
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Pitchers: Either Gio Gonzalez (15-9) or Tanner Roark (13-11) vs. Cubs' Kyle Hendricks (8-5)
What time does the Nats-Cubs game start? 8:08 p.m. ET, 7:08 p.m. CT
What channel is the Nats-Cubs game on? TBS
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Live Stream: Watch TBS Live
Live Stats: GameTracker
Game 1: Cubs 3, Nationals 0
Game 2: Nationals 6, Cubs 3
Game 3: Cubs 2, Nationals 1
Game 4: Nationals 5, Cubs 0
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