NLDS: Nats' Bats Gone Wild Squares Series with Cubs
It didn't take rocket science to realize Bryce Harper had to come alive if the Washington Nationals had any hope of an extended post-season.
So, when his eighth-inning swing launched a rainmaker that tied Game 2, it sparked the dynamics of contagious confidence to produce a five-run uprising that catapulted them to a 6-3 comback victory.
The other big bat it woke up was that of Ryan Zimmerman.
Clearly, the Cubbies squandered another strong outing by playoff stalwart Jon Lester.
This result now means Chicago is the only team in the post-season that hasn't bunched a burst of offense.
Both clubs managed six hits in Game 2, but the optics of Washington's double-dinger eighth trumped that of Wilson Contreras' solo shot in the second.
The Nats took the season series against the Cubs, four games to three, which wasn't exactly a margin to justify bragging rights.
But it seems they've been preparing to get the knives out for a while, now.
And then the Nats did some twisting:
This series could be interesting in more ways than one.