Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Nationals 2 - August 10, 2018

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Nationals 2 – August 10, 2018

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That win was AWESOME. The Cubs will no doubt be feeling good as heck tonight, and they deserve it. Well, you know, maybe don’t feel TOO good tonight, boys. Still gotta play tomorrow.

The Cubs kinda got no-hit for a really long time today, and it was just awful, especially because it came after they went down 2-0 after the second inning. The middle innings were such a grind.

Jeremy Hellickson did not look especially impressive or overpowering, but the Cubs just couldn’t buy a hit. Sometimes it was BABIP bs, and sometimes it was their own doing.

But then, with two outs in the 6th, Anthony Rizzo battled the hell out of Hellickson in a 13-pitch plate appearance that turned into a walk:

After that, Hellickson threw EIGHT straight balls to Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist, and had to be pulled from the game despite the no-hitter. Jason Heyward knocked one into center field against reliever Sammy Solis to give the Cubs their first hit and tie the game.

The next inning, the Nationals’ bullpen flopped, with Greg Holland – on the team only because the Nationals dumped two of their relievers for no reason (including Brandon Kintzler) – walking Anthony Rizzo to force in the Cubs’ third run.

That inning could have been much worse for the Nationals if not for an out-of-the-baseline call against Willson Contreras, which gave the Nationals an out, cost the Cubs two bases for their lead runner, and also got Joe Maddon ejected.

The bullpen held on through a few tense, one-run innings from there, and Pedro Strop locked it down once again.

Kyle Hendricks had a solid line today, but he probably pitched even better than that – of all the hits he gave up, only one or two was truly well-struck. For the most part, he was getting nothing but soft and medium contact, but it was just finding holes.

Brandon Kintzler got to face his old mates, and walked a couple, including an aggressively-staring Juan Soto. I think that’s just part of his game, rather than a continuation of Kintzler’s exit from the team, but whatever it was, it didn’t last long – Willson Contreras picked him off shortly thereafter. Soto, who really does look the part of breakout 19-year-old monster, was picked off twice in the game. That’s the “19” part.

Really, really good comeback win today for the Cubs.

Full box score.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.