Sport Cubs come back on Scherzer, Nationals win 9-8 in NLDS Game 5

08:06  13 october  2017
08:06  13 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all

  Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will start Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs after all. The Nationals announced several hours before Wednesday's scheduled first pitch that they were going with Strasburg, hoping he can send the series back to Washington for a Game 5 on Friday.Manager Dusty Baker made a surprising announcement after Tuesday's rain postponement that he was sticking with Tanner Roark rather than going with Strasburg on regular rest.

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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop walks from the field as his night ends during the sixth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.© AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop walks from the field as his night ends during the sixth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Addison Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Championship Series in a row by edging the Washington Nationals 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5.

The defending World Series champion Cubs trailed 4-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning off two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. They then led 9-6 and held on, with the help of Davis' longest appearance since 2012 and a key pickoff by catcher Willson Contreras in a game that lasted more than 4 hours and ended after midnight Friday. Davis struck out a swinging Bryce Harper to finish it off.

Chicago, which surpassed its total of eight runs in the first four games of the 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.

Report: Stephen Strasburg Expected to Pitch Game 4 vs. Cubs .
After a confusing 24 hours of probable pitcher news from the Nationals camp, Stephen Strasburg is now expected to make a Game 4 start on Wednesday afternoon, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Game 4 was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but rain in Chicago led the game to be postponed one day. There was some surprise when Nationals manager Dusty Baker revealed that Tanner Roark was likely to start Wednesday instead of Strasburg, who was apparently feeling ill and declined the opportunity to start on four days’ rest.

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