Nats’ Dusty Baker plays 2 hunches in late innings vs. Cubs; both fail

A town that already held bad playoff memories for Dusty Baker found a way to torment him again.

The Washington Nationals manager sat down in the interview room to explain two late-inning pitching changes that went south. Combined, they produced a 2-1 loss that left Washington on the brink of elimination in the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Judging by how Baker leaned in toward the microphone to answer questions, his seat must have already been hot.

“I probably couldn’t live with myself if [Kyle] Schwarber had had hit one out of the park,” Baker began, “which he’s dangerous to do that.”

Trailing 2-1, the Rangers pressured an injury-depleted Blues squad in the third period, outshooting St. Louis 16-8.

New York outshot the Blues 32-23 overall.

“There’s no doubt that in the first two periods we didn’t generate a lot,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “In the third I thought we brought a lot more energy and willpower. We spent a lot more time in their end and we finally got some pretty good looks but we weren’t able to score.”

Hutton, in his first start of the season, was a significant reason why the Rangers were stymied. His three biggest stops occurred in the third period, beginning with Michael Grabner’s short-handed semi-breakaway, later followed by Jimmy Vesey’s stuff-in attempt during a goalmouth scrum, and Pavel Buchnevich’s try from the low slot.

Buchnevich slammed his stick against the ice in Cheap Chelsea Jerseys frustration a moment after the whistle blew to stop play.

“I felt really comfortable,” Hutton said. “In the Cheap Discount Jerseys third we hung on.”

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