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