The Chicago Cubs push for the pennant lives on, after taking Game 5 in Washington, D.C. Thursday, October 12. The Nationals had an early lead, but things fell apart for them in the 5th inning, as the Cubs got four run offs Pitcher Max Scherzer. Infielder Addison Russell’s RBI Double was the key to that.
The Nationals would not go away though; Outfielder Michael Taylor got them within one run with an RBI single in the 8th inning. That rally was short-lived, as Catcher Wilson Contreras picks off a runner at 1st base. Contreras was originally called safe, but replay revealed he was out.
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Pitcher Wade Davis closed it out at the bottom of the 9th inning within a couple strikeouts. The Chicago Cubs Beat the Nationals 9 to 8.
Chicago, which surpassed its total of eight runs in the first four games of the NL Division Series, advanced to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will start ace Clayton Kershaw at home in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night.
For manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs, this was their fourth consecutive victory in a win-or-be-eliminated postseason game. That includes three straight to end the 2016 World Series, when Chicago trailed the Cleveland Indians 3-1 before forcing a Game 7 won by the Cubs in 10 innings.