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Stephen Strasburg Dominates As The Nationals Force A Game 5 In The NLDS

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The Washington Nationals are not done yet.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg had a spectacular outing with his team’s season on the line. Thanks to Strasburg, the series will now head back to Washington for Game 5.

Originally, Strasburg was not even supposed to start Game 4. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was going to send Tanner Roark out to the mound on Tuesday afternoon, the day Game 4 was supposed to take place. However, the game got rained out and was postponed until Wednesday. Strasburg was ruled out on Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms. Because the game got pushed until Wednesday though, he decided he was ready to take the hill for the Nationals.

Still sick, Strasburg battled through the less than desirable conditions of the Windy City and pitched a great game. He threw seven shutout innings, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters. The Cubs hitters could not figure out Strasburg, as he put forth a dominating performance.

The Nationals scored an early run thanks to a two-out error by Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. This was all they were able to muster until the top of the eighth inning, when Michael Taylor hit a grand slam off of Carl Edwards Jr. This big home run virtually ended the Cubs chances of making a comeback in the game. The Nationals bullpen pitched two scoreless innings and finished off the game.

With the 5-0 victory, the Nationals will still have the opportunity to advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time ever. They have lost in the NLDS three previous times, in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The Cubs will try and advance to the NLCS for the third consecutive year.

Game 5 between the Cubs and Nationals will take place on Thursday at 8:08 PM ET. Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound for the Cubs, while the Nationals have yet to announce their starter. In all likelihood, either Roark or Gio Gonzalez will go for Washington.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat)

In corresponding moves, the Cubs transferred starting pitcher Yu Darivish to the 6-day disabled list and left-hander Randy Rosario, who has pitched to a 3.00 ERA so far this season, was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week after struggling to a 4.63 ERA this season.

 

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