​The Washington Nationals stifled the Chicago Cubs 5-0 to force a Game 5 in the NLDS.


The story of the past 24 hours was whether Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was going to pitch in Game 4 of the NLDS. After all the talk on Tuesday that Strasburg was not going to pitch, surprise! 


The pitcher did end up making the start, and he imposed his will on the Cubs, as he struck out a whopping 12 batters and allowed just three hits on 106 pitches in seven innings. He even struck out Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant a ridiculous three times.

​​On the opposite end, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was relatively effective in four innings of work. Arrieta struck out four batters, while allowing just two hits and one unearned run.


That run came at the hands of Trea Turner, who reached base on a leadoff double at the top of the third inning. Turner would score after a fielding error from Cubs shortstop Addison Russell after a hit by first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.


Cubs manager Joe Maddon would then bring in Jon Lester out of the bullpen in the fifth inning, and would strikeout three batters and allow just one hit in 3.2 innings.


Lester would then do the unthinkable, pick off Zimmerman at first, and the internet imploded.

Lester was pulled in the eighth inning, where Carl Edwards Jr would come in for relief, but would surrender two hits, unable to get the final out in the eighth. That is when closer Wade Davis would enter the game to try and seal the deal.


However, Nationals pinch hitter Michael Taylor had other plans, launching a grand slam to right center, extending Washington's lead to 5-0.

​​With the NLDS now tied, the Nationals return home to try to advance to their first NLCS in franchise history. For the Cubs, they want to play spoiler and return to the NLCS for the third consecutive season.