Chicago Cubs News: Cubs rally in 9th to down the Nationals

Jun 29, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Tommy La Stella (2) slides safely into home plate to score a run as Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters (32) looks on during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Tommy La Stella (2) slides safely into home plate to score a run as Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters (32) looks on during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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After the Chicago Cubs bullpen allowed the Washington Nationals to take the lead late, they turned the tables on the much-maligned Nats pen. The Cubs scored three times with two out to beat the Nationals, 5-4.

It’s become a broken record I suppose for the Chicago Cubs. Every time they win an “important” game, we start talking about a turning point. With how this season has gone, we’re going to do it again. The Cubs rallied in the ninth–with two outs, no less–to beat the Nats and split the series. Jon Lester gave a solid performance, allowing just one on three hits while striking out seven in a no-decision. There were several, but the final clutch hit was a two-run double from Jon Jay that put the Cubs up for good in the 5-4 win.

The injury bug has bitten the Cubs often this year, something they didn’t experience on their way to winning the World Series last year. There’s plenty of chatter about what the Cus need to do to fix the roster. But the biggest thing is to simply get healthy and get guys back. Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward should hopefully return soon, and Kris Bryant‘s ankle injury wasn’t as serious as many feared.

The Cubs called up their talented young catcher in Victor Caritini after designating Miguel Montero for assignment. If the Cubs decide to look for a more experienced catcher, there may be one on the free agent market that could help. Dioner Navarro was only with the Cubs for a season but could provide a solid backup to Willson Contreras if the Cubs decide it’s not quite time for Caritini.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Cubs rally with two out in 9th to down the Nats’ – Cubbies Crib

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‘Cubs could target a familiar face’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Umpire Trumpane receiving an outpouring of support’ – MLB.com

‘Cubs should at least field trade offers for Schwarber’ – Cubbies Crib

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