Cubs Vs. Nationals: Washington Wraps Up Sweep With 9-2 Win

Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings, Kurt Suzuki put the Nats ahead with a three-run home run in the second inning, and the benches emptied twice on an eventful night at Nationals Park.

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Cubs Vs. Nationals: Benches Clear Twice During Series Finale

For the fourth straight night, the Washington Nationals are beating up on the Chicago Cubs and frustrations boiled over with two bench clearing incidents Thursday.

It started in the bottom of the fifth inning when Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk starting angrily shouting from the dugout. The Cubs are obviously frustrated by the one-sided four-game series and up 7-2, the Nationals stole two bases in the fifth -- likely turning some of their frustration to anger. Quirk might also have been upset that Werth had swung at a 3-0 pitch with the five-run lead. Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter went over to the railing to give it back to Quirk and the benches cleared during the contretemps. No punches were thrown and Quirk was ejected.


Then, in the sixth inning, Cubs reliever Lendy Castillo threw an inside pitch at Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. Castillo missed Harper, but play was halted as the rookie stepped out and sent his thoughts to the mound. The benches cleared and there was plenty of jawing back and forth, with minor pushing and shoving on both sides. Michael Morse and Edwin Jackson seemed the most worked up on the Washington side of things. Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger came into the confrontation hot, initiating the pushing and riling up both Morse and Jackson. Clevenger and Chicago reliever Manuel Corpas were ejected for Chicago. Michael Gonzalez of the Nationals was also sent to the showers for overheating as the bullpens made their way back to the outfield. Castillo was allowed to remain in the game. Warnings were issued to both sides.


Washington leads, 9-2 after six innings.

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Cubs Vs. Nationals Lineups: Washington Calls Up Corey Brown, Bryce Harper Gets Day Off

The Washington Nationals' lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Chicago Cubs has been posted, and the biggest notable change is the absence of outfielder Bryce Harper, who is getting a day off. Replacing Harper in center field will be Jayson Werth, while shortstop Ian Desmond will claim the rookie's No. 2 spot in the batting order.

Here's the Nationals complete lineup:

  1. Jayson Werth, CF
  2. Ian Desmond, SS
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Michael Morse, RF
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  6. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  7. Tyler Moore, LF
  8. Jesus Flores, C
  9. Edwin Jackson, P

The Cubs have also posted their lineup:

  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Starlin Castro, SS
  6. Welington Castillo, C
  7. Brett Jackson, CF
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Chris Rusin, P

In other roster news, the Nats recalled outfielder Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse. Brown, the Oakland Athletics' first-round selection in the 2007 MLB draft, is getting his first crack at the big leagues. With the Chiefs, Brown had a .285 batting average with 25 home runs, 71 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

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Nationals Add Christian Garcia and Zach Duke From Syracuse

The Washington Nationals have called up pitchers Christian Garcia and Zach Duke from Triple-A Syracuse as part of the expansion to 40-man rosters, according to William Ladson.

Duke has bounced around quite a bit in his major league career. The 29-year-old has pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks, compiling a 48-74 record. In seven years, Duke had a 4.56 ERA and gave up well over a hit per inning.

Garcia, on the other hand, will be seeing his first big-league action. The Miami native was originally a third-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2005 and made it to Double-A before he moved on to the Nats system.

In his minor league career, Garcia has been very effective at every level and has a combined 2.69 ERA. Both could help Washington out of the bullpen as the season winds to a close.

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