With all the attention focused on Daniel Murphy as he is back to Washington Nationals for the first time after he got traded to the Chicago Cubs, it was his replacement in the game, David Bote who tortured the Nationals once again.
Bote made a pinch-hit RBI double and a 10th inning score as the Chicago Cubs came back to Washington and cause a 6-4 loss to Nationals Thursday night in the very first game of a four-game series.
Bote is the same player who had hit a two-out grand slam at the end of the ninth inning to make the Cubs win 4-3 over Washington on 12th of August at Wrigley Field, he even bashed a 100 mph fastball coming from Jimmy Cordero (1-2) into the right corner of the field to score.
Bote was certain nobody had forgotten what he had done with the nationals back in Chicago during the last month. Bote finished the game at the second base.
“I heard the boos today,” Bote said. “I love it. It’s fun. You love to be part of that.”
Daniel Murphy went 1-5 with one strikeout in his first game back at Washington since he was given out to the Cubs on 21st of August.
Although Chicago holds the best record in the National League and Is leading the NL Central by 4 and a half games over Milwaukee, their manager Joe Maddon is still considering work on some things and he admits that sometimes he becomes a bit of perfectionist.
“We’ve got to work better at-bats,” Maddon said. “I’m talking about October, I’m not just talking about Sept. 6. I love the fight, tremendous fight, but there are little things now that have held us back in the past that I don’t want to see hold us back now.”
On the Other hand, Washington Nationals has lost three games straight and have fallen to 69-72 in NL East. For the first time since 30th April, the Nationals are three games under .500.
In the ninth inning, Pedro Strop (5-1) Pitched score-less and Jesse Chavez was able to earn his third save.
During the fourth inning, Washington was actually able to take a 3-2 lead which was earned due to the 13th homer of Mark Reynolds was not to sustain it. Then to tie it at 3 in the fifth, Murphy scored on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly. And Spencer Kieboom made highest in his career three hits for Washington.
Stephen Strasburg pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Nationals, he allowed six hits while walking three and striking out six. He gave up three runs, two earned while throwing 111 pitches which was his most since tossing a season-high 115 on 20th May.