Maddon's Cubs know how to stop Nationals: Keep walking Harper

AlwaysWrite

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The Washington Nationals must be a one-man show, and that one man is Bryce Harper. And Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows how to stop Harper and the Nationals: WALK HIM, WALK HIM AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN ...

In today's (Sunday, May 8) game, won by the Cubs 4-3 in 13 innings, Harper went to the plate seven times
WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL AT-BAT ... because Maddon's pitching staff walked him six times and hit him on another.

In the top of the 12th inning -- with the score tied 3-3, men on first and second and two outs -- Maddon INTENTIONALLY WALKED HARPER to fill the bases, and Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to end the inning.

For the four-game series, the Cubs walked Harper 13 TIMES en route to a four-game sweep. It's baseball's version of the former NBA "Hack-a-Shaq" tactic.
 
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