Cubs out­last Na­tion­als

Chicago ad­vances to 3rd NL ti­tle se­ries in a row af­ter 9-8 thriller.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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

AP/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS

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.

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