Cubs outlast Nationals
Chicago advances to 3rd NL title series in a row after 9-8 thriller.
WASHINGTON — The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to preserve a shrinking lead and a “Did that really happen?” four-run inning against Washington’s Max Scherzer in a thriller of a Game 5.
That wild, bataround fifth inning Thursday night for Chicago included Addison Russell’s go-ahead two-run double, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, and a disputed dropped third strike followed by a throwing error, helping the defending World Series champion Cubs come back — and then hold on — to edge the Nationals 9-8 and reach the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row.
“Give the boys credit,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That’s one of the most incredible victories I’ve ever been part of. I know a lot of people are probably saying the same
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras begins to celebrate after the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper struck out swinging in the ninth inning to end Game 5 of the National League division series at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday night. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS for the third consecutive season with a 9-8 victory. Washington has been eliminated in the NLDS four times in six years.