Nationals force Cubs into decider

13 October 2017 05:06:01 GMTPlus11

With the LA Dodgers awaiting the winner, the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will play a fifth and deciding game on Thursday in their National League Divisional Series.

The Nationals forced the deciding game with a 5-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Stephen Strasburg had been reportedly ill with flu-like symptoms, but was the surprise starter against Jake Arrieta.

It turned out to be the correct decision as Strasburg struck out 12 over seven innings to pick up the win.

The 29-year old right-hander from San Diego, and former first overall pick in 2009 out of San Diego State, allowed three hits and walked two in a dominating performance.

Trea Turner scored on an error in the third inning and that was all the support that Strasburg would need with Michael Taylor's grand slam in the eighth just icing on the cake.

Over in the American League the New York Yankees knocked out the Cleveland Indians with a 5-2 victory at Progressive Field and move on to play the Houston Astros in the Championship Series.

Owners of the best and deepest rotation in the Majors, the Indians paid the price for the curious decision to shorten their rotation in the postseason.

David Robertson picked up the win in relief with 2 2-3 innings of no-hit ball after C.C. Sabathia had gone the first 4 1-3 innings.

Aroldis Chapman then finished off the game with a couple of innings and the Yankees should not be overlooked with a bullpen that makes up for their so-so rotation.

The Dodgers are 1.60 to win the National League. The Cubs are 4.50 while the Nationals can be backed at 4.50.

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