Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 4, Cubs 3 - May 4, 2023

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Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 4, Cubs 3 – May 4, 2023

Chicago Cubs

That was just perfect. A perfectly-constructed final two innings, maximizing the pain. They designed the sport that way, and boy did the Cubs make good on it. I’m sick right now. Five one-run losses in the last week.

For the second straight game, the Cubs could not score off of a pitcher they should really have been knocking around. It was frustrating, again, though the Cubs did have a decent bit of hard contact. Not nearly enough.

The bats came around in the 8th inning, putting a couple runners on base before Corbin departed, and then Trey Mancini doubled, Miguel Amaya hit a sac fly (he juuuuuust missed it – smoked the ball all day without a hit to show for it), and Nico Hoerner singled to tie the game. The Mancini double was the Cubs’ first extra-base hit in 19 innings.

The Cubs got a leadoff walk from Ian Happ in the 9th, and then Seiya Suzuki doubled to send Happ to third. All the Cubs needed was a ball in play. But Cody Bellinger struck out. Patrick Wisdom struck out. Trey Mancini popped out. And you absolutely KNEW what was coming next. At least it didn’t take long – walk-off homer on the first dang pitch.

Jameson Taillon was mostly really good in his return from the Injured List. Obviously the three-run homer was the big blow, but outside of that, he looked really sharp, especially for a guy coming straight off the IL and missing a couple weeks of action. Javier Assad took the ball from there and was outstanding for five scoreless innings. Brad Boxberger threw one pitch and it was over.

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.