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Wire Taps: Nationals’ offense keeps rolling in Wrigley; Roenis Elías throws off mound; Joe Maddon vs Davey Martinez

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the finale of the three-game set with the Cubs...

Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Cubs wore the right caps with their white unis on Saturday. Not much else went right for them though, as the Nationals made it two in a row in Chicago. Up next... it’s Stephen Strasburg for the Nats, back where he shook off sickness and dominated the Cubbies in a Game 4 performance to remember. Unfortunately we have no memory of what happened during Game 5 of the 2017 NLDS. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Potent offense keeps Nats rolling in win - (MLB.com)
”From top to bottom, this Nationals lineup continues to be a nightmare for opposing pitchers.”

Nats’ bats keep it up and new-look bullpen does its thing in win over Cubs - (WaPost)
”Once the Cubs drew close and starter Joe Ross exited after 4⅓ innings, Martinez had a puzzle to piece together.”

Nationals find new formula to beat Cubs again - (MASN)
”With his team jumping out to an early lead but Joe Ross departing after 4 1/3 innings, Martinez now had to piece together the rest of this game with the arms available to him.”

Elías moving closer to return after bullpen session (Nats up 5-2) - (MASN)
"Elías already threw what Martinez termed a 'simulated bullpen' Friday, in which he threw off the mound to a catcher that wasn’t squatting..."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Nationals' Juan Soto is one of the best young hitters in MLB history - (Sporting News)
"Washington promoted Soto straight from Double-A, hoping his strong minor league numbers would translate to big league success - but not expecting instant production."

Rizzo (back tightness) TBD after early exit - (MLB.com)
"The Cubs know not to take any chances when first baseman Anthony Rizzo alerts the team that his back is flaring."

Ejection, injury plague Cubs in tough loss - (MLB.com)
"There were a few chaotic aspects to the Cubs' 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field, and it is only right to note that the Nationals' offensive dominance has hardly slowed for more than a week now..."

Joe Maddon could face his protege, Dave Martinez, in October: ‘We both know we have a job to do’ - (Chicago Tribune)
"One of the juicier possibilities involves them getting into the postseason as a National League wild-card team and playing the Nationals in a do-or-die game pitting manager Joe Maddon against his protege, Dave Martinez."

Bad call just one of Cubs’ issues in loss to Nationals - (Chicago Sun-Times)
"The Cubs were still upset about the call hours after plate umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Ian Happ."