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Albert Almora Jr. was the hero in a  well coached, well executed playoff type of game against a playoff team.

TAKE 5
1. The Cubs bunched three hits with two outs in the third, starting with a single by Lackey and ending with Heyward’s two-run single.
2. Addison Russell led off the ninth with a walk and was sacrificed to second before Albert Almora Jr. , who entered the game in the eighth inning, lined a double to left center.
3. John Lackey, making his 400th career start, left after hitting a batter and allowing a double to start the seventh. He gave up two runs and four hits while striking out seven and walking two. 
4. Anthony Rizzo (0 for 5) saw his 10-game hitting streak end. 
5. Washington was without closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.


HUMP DAY PITCHERS
Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.36) starts in the series finale. He’s 9-0 with a 3.16 ERA in 12 career starts against the Nationals.
Stephen Strasburg (10-0, 3.03) has won 13 straight decisions dating to last season. He hasn’t faced the Cubs since August 2013.

WE’RE HISTORY!
 June 15, 1969 – En route to setting the National League record of playing in 1,117 consecutive games, Billy Williams, after fouling a pitch off his foot in yesterday’s contest,
hobbles to the plate as a pinch hitter in the Cubs’ 7-6 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field.
It is the first time “Sweet Swingin’ Billy” has not been in the starting lineup during the 878 games of the streak.
2016 Billy Williams

 

 

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