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NLDS 2017: Nationals vs. Cubs Game 5 Live Blog

NLDS 2017: Nationals vs. Cubs Game 5 Live Blog

It's time for yet another terrifying tradition on the D.C. sports calendar: an elimination game at home! 

All eyes are on Nats Park tonight as the Nationals, who are playing in Game 5 thanks to Stephen Strasburg and Michael A. Taylor, look to win their first playoff series since moving to D.C. 

Don't forget to follow along on Twitter as we bring you live updates from the stadium. 

NATIONALS-CUBS LIVE UPDATES:

12:45 AM - Cubs 9, Nats 8: It's over. Davis strikes out Harper to get the final out, the Nationals drop Game 5 to the Cubs and their season is done. 

12:35 AM - YOU DON'T MAKE CHUCK TODD ANGRY:

12:30: Top 9: Cubs 9, Nats 8: This has been one of the most absurd baseball games in Nats history. Do they have one more inning of magic left?

12:26 AM - Jose Lobaton gets picked off first, and after an excrutiatingly long reply to prove it, the Nats' inning is over. 

12:20 AM - 

12:17 AM - Cubs 9, Nats 8: Michael A. Taylor answers yet again. RBI single and it's a one-run game. 

12:01 AM - We'll just leave this here:

12:00 AM - Important WMATA information, because it wouldn't be a DC playoff game without it:

11:47 PM - Cubs 9, Nats 7: Harper with an RBI flyout and it's a two-run game again. 

11:30 PM - Bottom 7: Cubs 9, Nats 6: Cubs add an extra run after Kris Bryant beats out a double play, scoring Jon Jay. 

11:11 PM - Top 7: Cubs 8, Nats 6: It ain't over yet! Murphy adds an RBI double and the Nats have life. 

11:05 PM - Cubs 8, Nats 5: Werth scores on a passed ball, and the Nats aren't dead yet. 

10:49 PM - Great!:

10:47 PM - Bottom 6th: Cubs 8, Nats 4: Jayson Werth misplays the final out in left field and the Cubs add another run. 

Don't click this. 

10:34 PM: Top 6 - Cubs 7, Nats 4: Scherzer won't come back out. Brandon Kintzler gets the 6th inning. 

10:24 PM - uhhhhhhhh:

10:22 PM - 

10:05 PM - Bottom 5: Cubs 7, Nats 4: The Cubs rough up Scherzer for four runs and take the lead. It's happening ... 

10:00 PM - 

BAH GAWD THAT'S MAX SCHERZER'S MUSIC. 

The Cy Young winner comes in in relief. Elimination baseball is the best baseball. 

9:30 PM - Top 4th: Nats 4, Cubs 3: That'll be it for Gio. Matt Albers takes over on the mound. Gonzalez's final line is 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB and 5 Ks. 

9:25 PM - THIS BUNT:

9:20 PM - Bottom 3rd: Nats 4, Cubs 3: Control issues come back to bite Gonzalez. Cubs get two across - one on a wild pitch - to make it a one-run game. 

Meanwhile, at the stadium:

9:10 PM - Here are your Statcast numbers for both those homers:

9:07 PM - TOP 3rd: Nats 4, Cubs 1: Well, that was fun. Now we just have to get through 6 innings of 2015 NLDS references! 

8:55 PM - MICHAEL. A. TAYLOR. It's a 3-run homer and now the Nats are up 4-1:

8:48 PM - DANIEL MURPHY DINGER. It's 1-1. 

8:38 PM - Javy Baez, man:

8:30 PM - Bottom 1st: Cubs 1, Nats 0: Nats get a leadoff single from Turner but can't do anything with it. 

8:15 PM - Top 1st - Cubs 1, Nats 0: Cubs plate one run in the top of the first. Gonzalez escapes a bases-loaded jam. Control's not looking strong to start. 

7:58 PM - Before we get started, take a look back at how everyone at NBC Sports Washington saw this series playing out. Shoutout to Rich Tandler for coming in *hot* that a Nats in 3 prediction. 

7:55 PM - 

7:45 PM - I wonder what very insightful opinion Marlins Man will have about the Nationals' crowd tonight:

7:30 PM - Just want everyone to remember that Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. had this to say about Game 5 last night:

Which happened right after this:

7:00 PM - It'll be interesting to see how much Gonzalez mixes his pitches tonight. It's cleary been something he's worked more on as the season's progressed:

The Cubs are a free-swinging group, but Gonzalez has continually had command issues, posting a BB% that was above the league average in eight of his nine seasons. On a night that's expected to remain cold and wet, having a feel for all his pitches might make all the difference. 

6:40 PM - Baseball weather! 

6:30 PM - The lineups for both teams are officially out, and the Nats are going with the same group that kept them alive last night: 

 

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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