Another crushing — and sloppy — ending for Nationals
WASHINGTON — Say this for the Nationals. They blew this one in grand fashion, failing in the postseason once again in Washington-monumental style with one more cave-in to chronicle in their tarnished playoff history.
This was the fourth lost NLDS since 2012 and the second in a row for the Nationals on their home field.
This one stung and a lot of the hurt was self-inflicted.
“This game’s cruel sometimes,” right-hander Max Scherzer said. “It’s the way things can happen. What a series.”
“We didn’t play a very good game,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “But we battled to the end.”
That they did, but the decisive Game 5 that sent the Cubs to the NLCS and the Nationals to the offseason was was pretty much decided in a whacky four-run fifth inning.
“That was one of the weirdest innings I’ve ever seen,” Baker said. “We gave away at least three or four runs. It was a series of bad events.”
Bad, bad, bad. And when everyting was seemingly in good hands with a 4-3 lead and two-time Cy Young winner Scherzer pitching in relief to bridge the middle innings to the Nats’ seventh-, eighth- and ninth-inning relievers.
The Nats were in good shape. Especially after Scherzer, the …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports