Game 5 between the Cubs and the Nationals did not disappoint. Both offenses came out in full force and both pitching staffs struggled, but ultimately the Cubs came out on top! They defeated the Nationals 9-8, giving fans a repeat of the 2016 NLCS!

The Cubs had a great game at the plate, but it was Addison Russell that led the pack. He went 2-4 with a walk, a run scored, and four runs batted in! Three out of the remaining five runs came from Jon Jay (2-4), Kris Bryant (1-5), and Anthony Rizzo (0-5). Overall, the Cubs collected their nine runs on nine hits, though they were helped out by two errors from the Nationals.

The Nationals also had a great game at the plate, unfortunately they came up just short. Michael A. Taylor had was probably their best hitter on Thursday, going 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and four runs batted in. Daniel Murphy also had a big night, going 2-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and two runs batted in.

But that’s enough about the Nationals, let’s talk more about the Cubs since they will be advancing to the NLCS. Kyle Hendricks did not do well. He went four innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. The rest of the runs were given up by Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Carl Edwards Jr., and Wade Davis. The only Cubs’ pitchers that did not give up any runs were José Quintana and Brian Duensing. The Cubs’ pitching is gassed after these past five games, which is good for the Dodgers.

Since the Cubs used Quintana on Thursday, that leaves John Lackey as a prime candidate to start Game 1 of the NLCS. Lackey pitched one game against the Dodgers in 2017 and gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. We will see who the Cubs decide to go with, but Lackey makes sense, whcih is bad for the Cubs but good for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will get their revenge on the Cubs and I couldn’t be more excited. How do you feel about this? Let us know in the comments below!

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