NLDS Game Five, 2017

Cubs at Nationals, 5:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The Cubs ask Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA) to be the stopper tomorrow in Game Five, while Dusty Baker and the Nats haven’t made their choice of pitcher known yet. It will likely be Tanner Roark, who was scheduled to start Game Four before the rain intervened, or Game Two starter Gio Gonzalez. Either way, it may be a low-scoring affair.

The pitchers have controlled the series for the most part; the Nationals’ staff has a 1.64 ERA over the first four games, while the Cubs pitchers have a combined 2.57 mark.

Update: it will be Gio Gonzalez. He pitched five innings of three-hit ball in Game Two.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1907 At Detroit’s Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai ‘Three Fingers’ Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.
  • 1929 The A’s, trailing 8-0 during Game 4 of the World Series, erupt for 10 runs in the seventh inning off three Cub pitchers en route to a 10-8 victory. Chicago’s Hack Wilson becomes one of the goats of the game when he loses two balls in the sun in center field.
  • 1949 Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by play when Maryland defeats the Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start the of a 67 year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who will be remembered as the iconic voice of the Dodgers.
  • 2012 The Nationals, twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS, suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.
  • 2015 The Cubs homer six times en route to an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in the Game 3 of the NLDS. Chicago’s sextet of round-trippers, that included long balls from Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler, marks first time in postseason history that one team has recorded that many home runs in one game.
  • Bob_Hendley

    Latest forecast I saw says 0% chance of rain for tonight’s game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Too bad. Waiting an extra day should’ve helped the Blue.

  • Bob_Hendley
  • scooplew

    If the Cubs win today, we wouldn’t face Arrieta or Hendricks Saturday or Sunday, and probably not Lester, who pitched 3.2 innings in relief yesterday. That leaves Lackey and Quntana. If the Nationals win today, we wouldn’t face Strasburg or Gonzalez Saturday or Sunday. That leaves Scherzer for one of the games, and Roark, Cole or old friend Edwin Jackson, whom we lit up on our last visit to D.C. Of course, all this could change if Maddon and/or Baker feel the need to use a normal starter in relief, as Lovullo did with Ray in the Wild Card game. I’m rooting for Chicago today because Washington’s starting pitching is stronger.

    • Same reason I’m rooting for the Cubs. Besides wanting revenge for last year, of course.

      • RBI

        Were it not for Taylor, this would be a wrap already. But he keeps hitting dingers.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep. Get ready for Scherzer v. Kershaw on Saturday night.

          • John_from_Aus

            I’m hoping the cubs too, I think the Nationals lineup is more of a threat

  • WinnipegDave

    Looks like both of last year’s WS teams will be eliminated in the division series. Cubs down 4-1 in the 2nd to the Nationals.
    Taylor is Washington’s 8 spot hitting star – 7 rbi’s in last 2 at bats (over yesterday and today).

    • RBI

      He is on fire. Give that guy a raise.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Now I get to worry about the Nats starters. Ugh! Though their rotation will be a bit out of whack to start.

        • RBI

          Well, there are quite a few innings left.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Misplaced reply.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hendricks taking it on the chin. Only Cubbies starter I worried about.

    • RBI

      Won’t be in much longer, I suspect.

  • WinnipegDave

    At this point I’m rooting for a 9-6 game (for the Cubs I guess) with a parade of pitchers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and LOTS of extra innings!

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah I’m thinking 25 would be good.

    • RBI

      Albers in the BP warming up.

  • WinnipegDave

    4-3 now. Better bring in Scherzer right away! 🙂

    • RBI

      Ha!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Go, Cubbies!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey hey hey its Matt Albers.

    • I see what you did there. Fat Albert indeed.

  • RBI

    bye bye hendricks?

    • WinnipegDave

      And hello Scherzer.

      • RBI

        Not doing his job, so far…

  • Roger Angell has become a Yankee fan late in life. He’s gone from Giants to Mets to, apparently, Yankees. Here’s a note/column from him at his usual perch in the New Yorker.

  • Andre thinks like some of us do: tells Sarah Wexler “long game, please.”

  • RBI

    Only the fifth inning and I’M exhausted. What must they be feeling?

  • I want the Cubs to win, but man, the poor Nats and their fans have got to be seeing ghosts of playoffs past right now.

    • RBI

      One of my best friends is a huge Nats fan, and I have been feeling for him this whole series. Meanwhile, catcher got cracked by the swing – doesn’t that count as interference?

      • WinnipegDave

        Playoff baseball is sickening sometimes.

        • WinnipegDave

          Heartbreaking that is.

    • HLKLA

      My son and daughter -in-law are big Nats fans. I am feeling for them. Plus they are big US Men’s soccer fans, so a double whammy for them.

  • RBI

    Scherzer looks freaked out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy! CI now.

    • RBI

      Why doesn’t the bat hitting the catcher mean anything?

  • RBI

    Oh no! Hit Batter after a CI scores another.

  • RBI

    Jeeze. How many ways to get nibbled to death by ducks?

  • RBI

    Kintzler’s in.

  • RBI

    Werth with a horrible miss there. Took his eyes off the ball. Not counted as an error, though.

  • RBI

    Fans are in tears… Oh, dear.

    • With the number of blown series the Nats have had, are you surprised? 2012, 2014, 2016…they’ve never won a single NLDS or NLCS, much less a WS.

      • RBI

        Only surprised because it was so early in the game.

        • Ah. Well, a sense of foreboding descended after the Cubs got to 8 runs, I guess. 😉

  • HLKLA

    We have seen just about everything that can go wrong happen in this game for both teams.

  • HLKLA

    Both catchers having problems tonight.

  • RBI

    Wow. 8-6!

    • WinnipegDave

      This thing may actually end 9-6 Cubs like I said below (when it was 4-1 Nationals)!

      • John_from_Aus

        I hope so

        • WinnipegDave

          Although if it means multiple extra innings – I would be quite happy to be wrong.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I could live with the Nat’s winning, as I would have an opportunity to see my Dodgers here in DC.

      • RBI

        It is for now, anyway!

  • RBI

    Momentum swings like a pendulum do…

  • What an inning!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Slide didn’t look proper with the leg whip.

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree. It’s interesting that even while it looked wrong – Murphy had already gotten his throw off before contact was made. But I suppose it still could have affected his throw.

  • WinnipegDave

    I have no idea who is going to win this game and series.

    • WinnipegDave

      Even though Cubs are up by 3 – I could still see the Nationals having one last 7th or 8th inning explosion to catch up.

      • RBI

        I agree.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rabbits on the bases or what Vin says.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Werth doing what Werth does.

    • RBI

      Taking pitches? Walking?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yep, yep.

  • WinnipegDave

    Such tension.

  • RBI

    No one left in the Cubbies bullpen? Is that possible?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lackey. Then a fellow named Wilson and the other starters Lester and Arrieta

  • RBI

    One run game!!!

  • RBI

    Man is Taylor having himself a series.

  • RBI

    Such a lot of heart in both teams. This is baseball at its best.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A bit of a war of attrition, especially as regards Cubbie pitchers.

      • RBI

        Davis is gassed.

  • John_from_Aus

    going right down to the wire, cmon Nats, get 1 (and only 1) more

  • WBBsAs

    Let’s have a 20-inning game that utterly destroys the winner’s pitching staff.

    • RBI

      His foot came off. Wow wow wow.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yowser. Could you imagine if that was the last out of the game?

      • Okay. That synched split screen showed the overturn was right.

    • RBI

      Sorry, meant for that to be above.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doom and gloom among the fans at this point.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just got out of “Dunkirk” (my 3rd viewing) with two observations on the game:
    1) Dave was prescient with his 9-6 prediction hours ago.
    2) “Dunkirk’s” slogan is applicable to these teams: Survival Is Victory

    • WinnipegDave

      I was thinking and would have said 9-8 but it seemed to baseball clichéd to have it be a 1 run game.

      • RBI

        Bought any lottery tix today?

        • WinnipegDave

          Again – I would not be opposed to being wrong if it means extras!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        “Use the Force, Luke.” — shut off the radar/censor

  • Here we go.

  • RBI

    One more chance to score. Werth. Harper. Zimmerman.

    • C”est formidable!

    • WinnipegDave

      They have a chance.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Turner gets to bat.

      • RBI

        Oh, right.

  • RBI

    Watching Davis pitch is a little like watching a punch-drunk fighter. Can he stay on his feet for two more outs?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not Kenleyesque, but getting the job done so far.

      • WBBsAs

        Pretty shaky, but lucky to face an impatient Trea Turner, perhaps.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Werth helped him out as well.

          • WBBsAs

            I don’t have video tonight.

          • The big island has cable.

          • WBBsAs

            Not where I’m staying.

  • At this stage of this game I would use two hands for every catch.

  • Poor Nat fans

  • WBBsAs

    So, Scherzer is a post-season failure.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hasn’t won in the post-season since 2013. Four losses since then.

  • RBI

    And that’s it. Poor Nationals.

    • WinnipegDave

      So true. How painful.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sorry to see the Nat’s go down again like that, but no team I would rather have the Dodgers beat than the Cubbies.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m sorry it didn’t go 20 innings but, even so, it should mess with the Ositos’ biological clocks.

  • WinnipegDave

    And so it’s the Cubs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cub’s play-by-play guy says the color commentator will have to be the SP Saturday.

  • RBI

    Who pitches against Kersh?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lackey, I assume.

    • Still unclear. Ask again later. 😉

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems it might be Quintana, since he only threw 12 pitches.

  • So, Saturday.

  • RBI

    Those passed balls killed the Nats.

  • Kershaw Game One, Wood Game Four. Hill and Darvish for Two and Three, but the order isn’t set yet. Also, Avilan might be added to roster since it’s the Cubs. Stripling and Baez weren’t used in the NLDS and one might be dropped to make room for Luis.

  • Tom Boswell in Bob Hendley’s hometown paper:

    If you must lose, making 43,000 people stand and scream for close to five hours — and perhaps turning plenty of them into baseball believers in the process — isn’t the worst way to expire.

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