Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. had a lil something for the Nationals’ Bryce Harper
WRIGLEY FIELD– “Harper better hope he isn’t my last batter the next time I face him.” said Carl Edwards Jr. just one day after Nationals stud Bryce Harper hit a 3-run BOMB in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game at 3 and help Washington pull off a thrilling 6-3 win over the Cubs to tie their best of 5 NLDS series at 1 game a piece. Harper returned from a stint on the DL with left knee bursitis and wasn’t looking like the normal “B-Harp” until “CJ” left a 3-1 curveball hanging in his wheelhouse.
“I just knew he was going to throw a curveball in the dirt. Once I saw the spin on the ball I knew it was mine,” Harper said. Bryce admired the home run from the batter’s box as it went into the right field upper deck. “I missed my pitch…simple as that. I bet I won’t miss next time,” Edwards said.
Fans and analysts alike questioned Joe Maddon’s decision (like they know any better) on leaving Edwards in to face Harper. CJ got him to pop out to Javier Baez the night before so it was the perfect situation again for him to show and prove. “CJ was the right man for the job and he will get the call again. If he makes his pitch, we get out of that inning and who knows what happens after that,” says Cubs skipper Joe Maddon.
Fast forward to Game 3 Monday afternoon; Top of the 8th with the game tied at 1 and the top of the Nationals lineup is up. Edwards gets the call! Leadoff man Trea Turner (0-11 in the series) grounds out to Ben Zobrist (who looked like #ELMaZO after a diving stop) for the 1st out.
HARPER COMES TO THE PLATE!…and CJ gets his chance at revenge.