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Washington Nationals Avoid Elimination With Stephen Strasburg’s Outstanding Start

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Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals shutout the Chicago Cubs to force a decisive game five tomorrow night at Nationals Park. Nobody knew if Strasburg was going to start but he had 12 strikeouts and was the biggest reason why the Nationals are still alive right now. 

Strasburg was sick for a few days and for awhile, it looked like Tanner Roark was going to start. The Nationals then announced that Strasburg got healthier this morning and decided to start him. That decision proved to be outstanding. 

The Cubs managed just three hits off Strasburg during the game and Michael A. Taylor’s grand slam in the eighth inning sealed the deal in a 5-0 win for the Nationals. The line overall for Strasburg was seven innings, three hits, two walks, and 12 strikeouts. 

Tomorrow night, the Nationals will send one of Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark to the mound while the Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks after he started game one of this series. 

The winner of tomorrow’s game will go to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS on Saturday. 

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