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97-65, 1st in NL East
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High score, close matchup

In the Cubs' 9-8 win over the Nationals in Game 5 of their NLDS, the total runs fell three short of the most in a one-run postseason game in MLB history.

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What's next for the Washington Nationals?

The Nationals will have to regroup after a loss to the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS, but there is still hope for the future in D.C.

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HQ reacts to Roger Goodell's wife's fake Twitter

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Israel Gutierrez ask if the Cubs were clutch or the Nats choked, if the Eagles will win the NFC East, react to Roger Goodell's wife defending him using a fake Twitter account and more.

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Nats can't take advantage of home field

For the second straight year, the Nationals were eliminated from the postseason in a winner-take-all game decided by one run.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What's next for the Nationals? Most likely, another NL East title. The only significant free agents are Jayson Werth, Brandon Kintzler and Matt Albers, while Matt Wieters has a player option. Michael Taylor's emergence in center field means Adam Eaton can shift over to left. Dusty Baker doesn't have a contract, but he'll probably return for another year -- and one last run with Bryce Harper before he hits free agency.

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Max dubs the Nationals 'the new Cubs' (1:06)
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Nats' loss tough for Washington (2:06)
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BBTN: Cubs finish Nats, LCS preparations

Buster Olney talks to Karl Ravech and Paul Hembekides about the Cubs' dramatic win, their LCS predictions and more (:58). Plus, Chelsea Janes (34:40) and Jesse Rogers (43:01) give the local perspectives of another clutch win by the Cubs and another devastating loss for the Nationals.

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How should Nats approach future with Baker? (0:51)
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Cubs' challenge pays off on 8th-inning tag play

With Game 5 hanging in the balance in the eighth inning, the Cubs felt there was no reason not to challenge a tag play at first base, which turned out to be a critical decision in their 9-8 win over the Nationals on Thursday.

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Max Scherzer's unbelievable, impossible, unprecedented loss

When Scherzer entered the game before the top of the fifth inning, there was 71.5 percent chance the Nationals would advance to the NLCS. After one insane inning, he took an L that defied the odds.

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Harper after loss: 'That's some fun baseball right there' (1:21)
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Kurkjian calls Game 5 'best, stupidest game ever' (2:51)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A heartbreaker for the Nationals, who once again lose in a Game 5 of the Division Series. A heartbreaker for Dusty Baker, once again left wondering why the baseball gods can't cut him a break. And the Cubs? Somehow, they survived. Joe Maddon looked like he was going to throw up in the dugout as he kept looking at his lineup card and churning through relievers. In the end, Wade Davis gutted out 44 pitches and the Cubs' hope of back-to-back titles remains alive. What a game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Chicago Cubs' curse may be history, but the Washington Nationals' curse is alive and well. Washington, which led 4-1 early on, lost a bizarro 9-8 marathon to Chicago in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. It's the fourth time in four postseason appearances since moving to DC in 2005 that the Nats came into the NLDS as the higher seed and went out as first-round losers. At 4 hours and 37 minutes, it was the longest game in playoff history.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Whether Jose Lobaton was safe or out can be debated forever, but MLB has to get rid of the "foot was off the base for a centimeter of a split second" version of instant replay. That's not what the game is supposed to be about and no fan should be happy about that this game may decided, in part, by that call.

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Michael Taylor continues his torrid stretch! His RBI single in the 8th gives him 4 RBI today. He's the first player in postseason history to have consecutive 4 RBI games.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.886th
Quality Starts991st
WHIP1.244th
BAA.2395th
Runs8195th
Batting Average.2664th
On Base Percentage.3329th
Slugging Percentage.4492nd