Oliver Perez

Loss to Chicago Cubs puts Washington Nationals on brink of another early playoff exit

Loss to Chicago Cubs puts Washington Nationals on brink of another early playoff exit

Stephen Strasburg took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of Game 1 of the National League division series. Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Game 3.

The Washington Nationals lost both games. Aces and all, they are one loss from a fourth consecutive first-round flameout.

In a game perfectly made for second-guessing, the Nationals gave up one run immediately after removing their best pitcher and another when they pitched to the Chicago Cubs’ best hitter with an open base.

Those were the only runs they gave up Monday in a 2-1 loss to a Cubs team that committed four errors and scored the winning run on a bloop single.

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