Nationals tie Cubs in seventh inning, but can’t take lead

The Nationals have battled back to tie the game with the Cubs through seven innings, with nothing more than an infield single in the seventh. But the way Kerry Wood was throwing in the seventh, they could have taken a lead.

He walked Ryan Zimmerman (who pinch hit for Alex Cora and was promptly lifted for a pinch runner), hit Danny Espinosa in the right leg (after throwing a pitch near his head) and walked Laynce Nix to bring in the tying run. And with the bases loaded, Jayson Werth swung at a 1-0 pitch, fouling it off and putting himself in a 1-2 hole after taking a second strike. He then missed a curveball from Wood, heading back to the dugout to a round of boos.

Wood had thrown five strikes in 16 pitches when Werth came to the plate, and it was almost as though he took a strike a pitch too late, fouling off a 1-0 pitch when he should have taken it and watching a 1-1 pitch he might have been able to drive.

So the teams are tied at four, with Tyler Clippard on for the seventh inning.