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Nationals 2017 Postseason Game 5 NLDS vs. Cubs: Date, Time, TV Channel and How to Watch

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Nationals 2017 Postseason Game 5 NLDS vs. Cubs: Date, Time, TV Channel and How to Watch

It was do-or-die for the Nationals in Game 4 and when they needed guys to step up on the road, they finally did. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor hit a grand slam in the eight inning of the game to give the Nats a 5-0 lead and the eventual win.

Although Taylor helped seal the Nats' win, it was Stephen Strasburg who helped put the team in a position to tie up the series. Through seven innings Strasburg was incredible. He threw 106 pitches for 72 strikes and allowed just three hits and two walks.


It was a spectacular performance from a pitcher who wasn't even supposed to start. Strasburg had been initally ruled out of the game because of flu-like symptoms. Then on Wednesday, Strasburg decided he was well enough to step up on the mound. 

Healthy or not, Strasburg put on a clutch performance that helped the Nats get the win to tie up the series. On Thursday, the Nats and the Cubs will play Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington with the series on the line. Additionally, the Metro will be open for extended service in the do-or-die game. Here's everything you need to know:

Who: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals

What: Game 5 of the NLDS

Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

Pitchers: Either Gio Gonzalez (15-9) or Tanner Roark (13-11) vs. Cubs' Kyle Hendricks (8-5)

What time does the Nats-Cubs game start? 8:08 p.m. ET, 7:08 p.m. CT

What channel is the Nats-Cubs game on? TBS

Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Live Stream: Watch TBS Live

Live Stats: GameTracker


Game 1: Cubs 3, Nationals 0

Game 2: Nationals 6, Cubs 3

Game 3: Cubs 2, Nationals 1

Game 4: Nationals 5, Cubs 0


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Nationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

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Nationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

ST. LOUIS -- Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday.

He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday.

Paul DeJong handed the Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Cardinals' 7-6 victory Monday night.

DeJong took Koda Glover (0-1) deep leading off the ninth on a 3-1 pitch. A night earlier, Ryan Madson allowed a game-ending ninth-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs' David Bote in a 4-3 defeat.

"I don't sleep most nights, I like to watch replays of the game," Martinez said. "And last night was no different."

Washington's bullpen has blown saves in three of its past four games. All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has been on the disabled list since early July, and top setup man Kelvin Herrera went to the DL with right rotator cuff impingement last week.

"I don't know what else to do," Martinez said of the bullpen.

The usually stoic DeJong wasn't quite sure how to celebrate his first career walk-off homer. He started calm, keeping his head down as he rounded the bases. After coming around third, though, he whipped his helmet into the grass, threw his arms down and bellowed out a roar.

"My first walkoff, it felt so good I had to do something a little different," DeJong said.

The Cardinals recorded their 10th walkoff of the season and DeJong became the sixth different player to end a game in grand fashion.

"They're all special, all emotional," St. Louis interim manager Mike Shildt said. "These guys have the mentality, `Do your job, keep the line moving.' They have a lot of trust with each other."

The Cardinals have won six in a row and moved to nine games over .500 for the first time this season.

DeJong's 380-foot drive ended a wild final two innings.

Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko homered in the eighth inning to put St. Louis up 6-4. Gyorko started the rally with a leadoff drive, and Carpenter followed with a three-run homer off Sammy Solis.

The Nationals tied it at 6 in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Matt Wieters off closer Bud Norris. Dakota Hudson (3-0) relieved Norris and stranded two baserunners by retiring Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.

Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals, who have lost five of seven.

Gyorko sparked St. Louis' big eighth inning with his homer off Justin Miller. Kolten Wong and Patrick Wisdom then singled to set up Carpenter's 33rd homer. Carpenter has homered in seven of his past 10 games. He extended his major-league leading on-base streak to 31 games with a first-inning bunt single. He has 17 homers during that string.

Harper won a 10-pitch battle with starter Miles Mikolas by drilling his 29th homer leading off the fourth to lead 2-1.

Ryan Zimmerman added a run-scoring double in the second for the Nationals.

Jose Martinez had four hits for the Cardinals.

Mikolas gave up four runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Tommy Milone started for Washington and gave up two runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.


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After standout performances, Nationals' 1B Ryan Zimmerman named NL Player of the Week


After standout performances, Nationals' 1B Ryan Zimmerman named NL Player of the Week

Ryan Zimmerman is on a hot streak for the Washington Nationals, and he was named NL Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Quite frankly, this isn't exactly a surprise. 

The Nats' 33-year-old slugger completed a wild week going 10-for-21, finishing with a .476 batting average along with a .538 on-base percentage and slugging at 1.048. 

He particularly stunned in Washington's 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, blasting two homers and driving in six runs. The first baseman finished the week with 12 RBI in seven games, along with three total dingers and three doubles.

Zimmerman returned to the Nats' lineup on July 20 off the 60-day disabled list after being out since the beginning of May with an oblique injury. Since his return, in 15 games, he's batted .354 with four home runs and 18 RBI after going onto the list hitting just .217.

Other Nats who have previously won the NL Player of the Week Award this season are Max Scherzer, Mark Reynolds and Adam Eaton.