Chicago Cubs News: Cubs will head to decisive Game 5 in D.C.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 11: Manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs relieves Wade Davis
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 11: Manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs relieves Wade Davis /

The Chicago Cubs once again struggled to find their footing against the Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. Now they head back to D.C. in a decisive and clinching Game 5 on the road.

Oddly enough, the Chicago Cubs have been here before. After losing to the Washingon Nationals 5-0 on Wednesday, they’re forced to go on the road in the final game of the series with Kyle Hendricks taking the mound. Sound familiar? With the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg suffering from an illness, the Cubs were supposed to see Tanner Roark. But from the dead, he rose, and Strasburg shut the Cubs down. Ignore Addison Russell‘s error. And the grand slam allowed by Wade Davis. The Cubs couldn’t score, and that’s the only way you’re going to win games.

After the Cubs rallied to save Kyle Schwarber from his error in Game 3, they, unfortunately, couldn’t do the same for Russell. But the Cubs seem to be tested this season in a way they weren’t last year. They support each other; they have each other’s backs. Schwarber was quick to accept full responsibility for the errors and thanked his teammates for picking him up. Maybe the Cubs are just waiting a little bit longer to pick up Russell–like tonight.

No matter what the outcome of the Cubs’ game is tonight, there will be no rematch in the World Series this year. The Cleveland Indians blew a 2-0 lead in the ALDS to the New York Yankees and were eliminated from the playoffs with a 5-2 loss. After his amazing year in the World Series last season, Corey Kluber simply didn’t have it this season. And a short outing from Trevor Bauer didn’t help the bullpen, either.

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