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Nationals Won’t Retain Dusty Baker As Manager

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals say manager Dusty Baker won’t be back next season. The team announced the move Friday. Baker led the Nationals to the NL East title in each of his two years with the club. But Washington lost its NL Division Series both times. His contract expired at the end of this season. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Listen: Final Call Of Cubs Beating Nationals To Clinch NLDS

(CBS) After four-and-a-half eventful, nerve-racking hours, Cubs closer finished off the Nationals with a one-two-three ninth inning to seal a 9-8 win in Game 5 of the National League Division Series that sent Chicago to the NL Championship Series for the third consecutive year. Davis struck out Nationals star Bryce Harper to end it. Listen to Pat Hughes’ final call on 670 The Score below.  

Overjoyed Jon Lester Could Hardly Watch Cubs Close Out Game 5 Win

(CBS) Cubs left-hander Jon Lester wasn’t available to pitch in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, but the nerves of a wild contest got to him. When the Cubs called upon closer Wade Davis to record a seven-out save and hold a 9-7 lead, Lester couldn’t even watch. What did he think of the performance by Davis? “I don’t know, I blacked out,” Lester said to NBC Sports Chicago as he took a drink of champagne amid the postgame celebration. “I have no idea. I watched literally, probably, three outs of it. I have a problem in postseason games actually watching the game in the dugout. I watched the last three outs in the dugout, and it was awesome. He did a great job the last three outs. The other four, I have no idea what happened.”

Lester missed out as Davis allowed a run in the eighth inning but escaped after a video review ruled that Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton had his foot slide off first base on a pickoff play. The Cubs went to the ninth inning with a 9-8 lead. Davis held strong with a one-two-three ninth inning, finishing Game 5 with a strikeout of Bryce Harper. From there, the Cubs began their celebration before headed out to Los Angeles and beginning the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers. As the celebration continued on in the Cubs’ clubhouse, Lester requested a beer instead of champagne and was rudely granted his wish.

Cubs Add Another Chapter To Nationals’ Bizarre Playoff Disappointments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer emerged from the bullpen to protect a lead, and Bryce Harper batted with the bases loaded. Again and again, the Nationals had the defending World Series champions on the ropes. For Washington’s tortured fans, it was all just another setup for a crushing playoff defeat. Scherzer allowed four runs in an exasperating inning of relief, and the Nationals’ repeated attempts to rally came up maddeningly short in a 9-8 loss early Friday morning to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of their NL Division Series. The Nationals were eliminated in the NLDS for the fourth time in six years, including a trio of Game 5 losses at home. Washington hasn’t won a playoff series since moving to the city in 2005. This chapter of postseason disappointment may be the wildest. There was Jayson Werth whiffing on a line drive to left field, pinch-hitter Adam Lind grounding into a comeback-killing double play and backup catcher Jose Lobaton getting picked off first base to erase another golden chance. Michael A. Taylor got Washington going with a three-run homer and an RBI single, adding to his remarkable series that included a grand slam in Game 4. But the Nationals couldn’t overcome a crippling sequence during Chicago’s four-run fifth. Scherzer entered to a roar from the sellout crowd of 43,989, manager Dusty Baker letting him loose with a 4-3 lead for his first relief appearance since the 2013 playoffs, when he was with the Detroit Tigers. Nationals Park rocked as Scherzer got two quick outs, and then it all fell apart. Scherzer allowed three straight hits, the last a two-run double by Addison Russell, and Chicago went ahead 5-4. After an intentional walk to Jason Heyward, Scherzer struck out Javier Baez, but catcher Matt Wieters dropped the pitch. The ball rolled away, and then Wieters threw it into left field, allowing Russell to score. Wieters appeared to argue that Baez’s bat hit him in the side of the mask on strike three. Major League Baseball rules state that if, in the umpire’s judgment, a catcher is struck on a backswing before he secures the ball, it should be called a strike and the play ruled dead. It’s unclear how the rule applies given that the ball had already gotten past Wieters. Wieters was called for catcher’s interference on the next at-bat, and then Scherzer plunked Jon Jay to force home a run. Chicago took a 7-4 lead and narrowly staved off Washington’s rallies the rest of the way, including when Harper batted with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. The 2015 NL MVP drove a sacrifice fly to center for the Nationals’ only run in the inning. This elimination-game loss was another stunner a year after a topsy-turvy Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers that included third base coach Bob Henley sending Werth into a sure out at home and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw picking up the save. Scherzer called that “the craziest game” he had ever been a part of. Craziest to that point. Even after Scherzer’s 28-pitch maelstrom, the Cubs scored again when Werth slid and missed a line drive in left and got their ninth run in the seventh on an RBI groundout. The Nationals chipped away and got it to 9-8 in the eighth. Cubs closer Wade Davis stumbled while chasing a seven-out save, but Lind grounded into a double play in the eighth, and then Lobaton was backpicked by Contreras at first base to end a two-on threat. Originally called safe, Lobaton was ruled out after a Cubs challenge when his right foot slid off the base. Harper got one last chance to swing for a win, but struck out swinging for the final out. Copyright 2017 Associated Press.

Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts: Wade Davis Is Our MVP

(CBS) With a third straight trip to the National League Championship Series on the line, manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs went with all hands on deck. But a wild Game 5 against the Nationals still came down to closer Wade Davis with two outs in the seventh inning and a 9-7 lead to protect. Maddon had originally planned to use Davis from the eighth inning on, as he explained later, but came to a conclusion. “What’s the difference between six and seven?” Maddon said of the outs Davis would have to record. Davis came out for a seven-out save and held the lead, earning the Cubs a 9-8 victory over the Nationals in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the NL Divisional Series in Washington on Thursday night. Chicago is now headed west to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLCS for the second straight season. The Cubs have now been to the NLCS in three straight seasons. In a season filled with highs and lows, Davis has been a key cog. The Cubs used closer Aroldis Chapman as a key piece in their run to the 2016 World Series. When Chapman signed with the Yankees last offseason, the Cubs traded outfielder Jorge Soler to the Royals in exchange for Davis. Davis became the Cubs’ lone All-Star during a sluggish first half of the season, and he finished with 32 saves and a 2.30 ERA. In the process, Davis earned the admiration of Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. “Wade Davis, he’s our MVP this year,” Ricketts said. “Without him, I don’t know where we are. And that wasn’t just tonight. It was all season.” Davis also earned the eternal respect of his teammates. “He closed out World Series games,” left-hander Jon Lester said. “When you have that on your resume, I’m not worried about it. He’s a bad SOB. I’m all for Wade. When they brought him in, there was no question on my mind. That’s what you got to do. “You got to live and die by your closer. We did.”

Cubs Hold Off Nationals In Game 5, Advance To NLCS For 3rd Straight Season

(CBS) It was wild, tense and a departure from everything else we’d witnessed in the National League Division Series. The result was familiar: The Cubs are moving on. The Cubs outlasted the Nationals for a 9-8 victory in Game 5 in Washington on Thursday night, earning a berth in the NL Championship Series for the third consecutive year. To advance this time, the Cubs relied on a relentless and opportunistic offense that they’d featured most of the season but one that had largely disappeared in a pitching-dominated first four games of the NLDS. Trailing 4-1 after two innings, Chicago responded with two runs in the third innings, then turned the tide of the game with a four-run fifth that was highlighted by Addison Russell’s go-ahead two-run double. They never trailed again. The Cubs tacked on two more runs in the inning to take a 7-4 lead by authoring a wild, never-before-seen sequence of events that included a passed-ball third strike combined with a throwing error to plate a run and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded for another. Chicago scored single insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings, then escaped a hairy bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out and manager Joe Maddon already having turned to starter Jose Quintana in relief, Bryce Harper drilled a lined shot to center field that Jon Jay snagged for a sacrifice fly. Holding a 9-7 lead, the Cubs turned to closer Wade Davis with seven outs to go, and he struck out Ryan Zimmerman to escape further damage. The Nationals crept within 9-8 on Michael A. Taylor’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning, then got out of a first-and-second, two-out jam when catcher Willson Contreras picked off Jose Lobaton at first base with a throw behind him. He was initially ruled safe before replay review overturned the call to the Nationals’ dismay. Davis worked a one-tw0-three ninth inning to seal the win. He struck out Bryce Harper on a 3-2 breaking ball to end it. The Cubs would need all the offense they could muster on this night. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks struggled, going four innings and allowing four runs, all earned and in the second inning. The big blow was a three-run homer by Taylor that gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead. Hendricks allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out seven in his four innings. Hendricks did outlast his counterpart. Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez struggled with his control, going three innings and allowing three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out five. The Cubs will face the Dodgers in the NLCS. Game 1 is Saturday evening in Los Angeles.

Wild Sequence Of Events In Cubs’ 5th-Inning Rally Had Never Happened Before

(CBS) The Cubs’ four-run rally off Nationals ace and reliever-for-the-night Max Scherzer in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the Nationals League Division Series on Thursday night included a string of events that was unprecedented. As in, it’d literally never happened before in recorded MLB history. After Addison Russell’s two-run double gave Chicago a 5-4 lead, an odd sequence began. Jason Heyward was intentionally walked. Javier Baez struck out swinging but reached on a passed ball, and then a run scored as everyone moved up a base on a throwing error. Tommy La Stella followed by reaching on catcher’s interference to load the bases. Jon Jay was then hit by a pitch to plate another run. The intentional walk/passed-ball strikeout/catcher’s interference/hit by pitch sequence in consecutive order had never happened in MLB history, according to Baseball Reference’s database. In fact, no half-inning had ever included all four of those events in any fashion, let along in order. Baseball Reference’s database includes more than 2.73 million half-innings in history.

 

A Mixed Bag; The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie – 10/12

Hour 1
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National NFL columnist for CBS Pete Prisco joined Grant and Doug in hour one to discuss the latest around the Ezekiel Elliot suspension, what it means to the Cowboys along with the rest of the division. Plus, Pete gives his thoughts on why the Raiders are struggling. Plus, the fellas talk Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension being upheld and why NFL suspensions are tiring to follow.   Hour 2
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Former All Star and current Fox analyst Eric Karros joined Grant and Doug to talk the 2017 MLB playoffs. Hear Eric talk about the excitement in Los Angeles for the Dodgers and how they are in a great position to win the championship, why he thinks the Astros are the team to beat, how much pressure the Nationals are under and why he thinks Dusty Baker has been ridden with bad luck in the postseason.   Hour 3
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The fellas talk Sacramento Kings in hour three, as they continue the week long look at who will be in the rotation as well as take their best guess at who will get the start tonight vs the Clippers. Discuss the NLDS game 5 between the Nationals and Cubs plus talk some Thursday night football.   Hour 4
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In hour four Grant and Doug begin the hour talking Kings, the young players expectations heading into tonight and speak to Jack Wang, Chargers beat reporter about the upcoming game Sunday vs the Raiders.

The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie; Pete Prisco

National NFL columnist for CBS Pete Prisco joined Grant and Doug on Thursday to discuss the latest around the Ezekiel Elliot suspension, what it means to the Cowboys along with the rest of the division. Plus, Pete gives his thoughts on why the Raiders are struggling.

The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie; Eric Karros

Former All Star and current Fox analyst Eric Karros joined Grant and Doug to talk the 2017 MLB playoffs. Hear Eric talk about the excitement in Los Angeles for the Dodgers and how they are in a great position to win the championship, why he thinks the Astros are the team to beat, how much pressure the Nationals are under and why he thinks Dusty Baker has been ridden with bad luck in the postseason.