Stephen Strasburg will start NLDS Game 4 for Nationals

Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Monday

Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Monday

In a windy and rainy evening matchup, Michael A. Taylor's 8th inning grand slam lifted the Nationals to a 5-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in an elimination game.

Gonzalez started Game 2 of the series, also at home, and allowed three runs in five innings of what became a 6-3 victory for Washington.

The day began with a bit of a curveball, with manager Dusty Baker announcing that Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg would start the game, despite saying earlier that Tanner Roark would start.

Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for the Nationals in Game 5. Hendricks started Game 7 of the World Series past year, allowing four hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will start for Chicago. Many had expressed the desire to see Tuesday's game moved up to 1 p.m.to beat the rain storm, so that the Cubs could have faced scheduled Nationals' starter Roark. While Gonzalez hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2009, Roark has considerable experience in relief.

According to the skipper, if Hendricks is unable to go far into the game, then it will be an all-hands-on-deck kind of game, and Jose Quintana will be available for the team if he's needed out of the bullpen. The right-hander had 42 career relief appearances, including two in the 2014 postseason, when he allowed a run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Giants. Whether is matters, time will tell.

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