The score in the game through the 8 1/3 innings was 1-0 in favor of the Cubs after Gio Gonzalez pitched great and went 6 innings of 1 run baseball. The Nationals could not score a run for the first 8 innings of the game. The Nats did not play there best game, clearly, but they were in a position to win it after a spirited comeback in the 9th inning.
In the 8th inning with a 1-0 deficit, there was a very costly poor decision (here) by Daniel Murphy to throw to 2nd base for a force-out with one out instead of getting the sure out at 1st base which put men on 2nd base and 1st base with one out. That led eventually to a run on an aggressive squeeze that everyone knew was coming, but the Nats did not pitch-out rather allowed the pinch-hitter to push bunt it and the 2nd run of the game scored.
In the bottom of the 8th, Ryan Zimmerman came up with men on 1st and 2nd and he represented the winning run but he grounded out for the 3rd out to extend the 2-0 deficit to the 9th inning. Continue reading