In one of the most erratic roller-coaster rides of a game many of the Nationals said they had ever experienced, Washington fell to the Chicago Cubs, 9-8, in a pivotal National League Division Series Game 5 contest Thursday night.
It was long, grueling, dramatic and historic. When the dust settled at Nationals Park late Thursday night — technically in the early hours of Friday morning on the East Coast — the Cubs had outlasted the Nationals, 9-8, in Game 5 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.
The clubhouse had been prepared for a celebration. Instead, the Nationals sat inside trying to make sense of it all, how such a promising season could end so abruptly once again.
As the Nationals dealt with another painful early exit from the postseason, it was seemingly difficult for them to pinpoint exactly why they were not able to fulfill their mission and expectation to dethrone the defending World Series champions and finally experience the thrill of advancing to the National League Championship Series.
As he tried to make sense of it all, with tears forming in his eyes, Jayson Werth kept coming back to one phrase. “I can’t believe we lost that game,” he repeated after the Nationals’ heartbreaking 9-8 loss to the Cubs on Thursday in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series presented […]
Another first-round loss meant another long winter of what-ifs for the Nationals, a team that appeared as well-rounded as it’s ever been to make it over that previously unattainable hump.
And then there were four. The Cubs rallied against the Nationals and Max Scherzer in a bizarre four-run fifth inning that checked nearly every item in the box score to post a crazy 9-8 victory Thursday night and clinch the National League Division Series.
Manager Dusty Baker addresses the media after the Nationals’ 5-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
Starter Stephen Strasburg addresses the media after the Nationals’ 5-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor address the media after the Nationals’ 5-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
The Metrorail in Washington will remain open an hour later than usual on Thursday due to the 8 p.m. ET start time for Game 5 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile between the Nationals and Cubs.
The Nationals are placing their hopes for their first playoff series win in the hands of Gio Gonzalez, who will start against the Cubs in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile at Nationals Park.