"We have Kershaw going the next game, which we're excited about," said Blanton, who gave up two homers and five runs to the Cubs in Game 1 after four scoreless appearances against the Nationals. "Our backs are against the wall, but we kind of like that. We've been there the whole year. We were in this situation in Washington, too. Maybe it's where we need to be."
"Bases loaded, I was going to go with my strength," Blanton said. "I faced him earlier in the year. I kind of did the same thing and had success. Got ahead and tried to bury a slider and I didn't and got lucky on that one, actually. Probably the same pitch as the next one, or very close. Both backup sliders. Just didn't execute. Especially 0-2, can't do that in that situation."