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Sunday was a perfect encapsulation of the kind of season it’s been for the Washington Nationals.
Ace Max Scherzer went seven dominant innings, giving up just three hits and striking out 11 in the Sunday Night Baseball game vs. the Chicago Cubs.
Scherzer, the two-time defending Cy Young winner who might be heading toward a third straight top pitcher honor, handed the ball over with his team leading 1-0.
The score was just 1-0 for the bulk of the game thanks to Cole Hamels’ equally-strong, seven-inning performance of one-hit ball for the Cubs. But the Nationals added two runs in the top of the ninth for a 3-0 lead.
Seems like a likely win, right?
They lost the game, thanks to a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam by Cubs rookie David Bote.
Bote said on ESPN’s SportsCenter that the blast was his first walk-off homer at any level.
More to come.